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FUTA students arrested for OPEC scholarship scam

OPEC scam
Four graduates and two undergraduates of the Federal University of
Technology Akure, Ondo State – Falade Oluwapelumi Ayotunde (25), Asaolu Victor (25),
Awote Temitope Emax (27), Fajobi Olalekan (27) Bolatiri Emmanuel
Onaopemipo (25) and Adebomi Oluwatosin (26) – have been arrested for alleged fraud by operatives of Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU) for alleged internet fraud.
The suspects were also accused of being specialist in the unauthorized
design of organisation’s websites and using them to defraud unsuspecting
members of the public.
Police alleged that the suspects have defrauded their victims of up to over N5million .
The suspects were arrested following a petition which PSFU received on
August 22, 2013,from OPEC FUND for International Development.
Police said the petitioner had alleged that a website designed as “OFID
Scholarship Website” with OFID name and logo has been used to defraud
innocent Nigerian applicants.
On the website, applicants were required to pay N2,500.00 as application
fee and over 2,000 applicants responded and paid the fees through the
First Bank Account Number 2020874607 and Access Bank Account Number
0056941009 with the name OFID WSAS NG.
The petitioner stated further that it was one of the victims that
contacted OFID via facebook, accusing OFID of being complicit in the
fraud.
PSFU spokesperson, Ngozi Isintume- Agu, a Deputy Superintendent told The
Nation that immediately the petition was received, operatives of the
Cybercrime Section of the Unit swung into action and the mastermind of
the fraud, one Falade Oluwapelumi Ayotunde was arrested.
She said: “His arrest led to the arrest of five other syndicate members.
Police investigation so far revealed that over 2,000 applicants paid
the sum of N2,500.00 each into the two banks provided by the suspects
and the principal suspect is the only signatory to both accounts”.
Ayotunde is a from Akure, Ondo State and a 500Level Estate Management undergraduate student of FUTA.
Police said the suspect has made a confessional statement.
According to his statement, Ayotunde confessed that he designed the
website of OFID WSAS (OPEC Fund for International Development for World
Student Aid Scholarship) in June, 2012.

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8 Comments

    1. Hian, if u must scam at least be smart enuff to try cover ur tracks…..tins like bank accounts are dead giveaway. I guess his first-class scammer brain culdnt fathom dat.

  1. In a country where frustration playing its part. One down outa hundred. Those in the game are smart fellas, they become criminals when nabbed! Welcome to Nigeria

  2. There is no clean money anywhere my people..We will only use unclean money to make Legal Business…That is the philosophy about life….My Former Coursemates are still roaming about looking for Jobs…while I am living off on my yahoo yahoo money. The Worst thing for a Guy in Nigeria is not to have Money..That is the worst thing ever

  3. The banks also have problems. For ordinary people to open account with them, they place stiff obstruction on their way. There are beneficiaries of scams among the bank officials.They make the banks look away from this. When you complain of being duped and wanting to show evidence of payment made into such scrupulous account, you are rebuffed. You will be asked to also produce a lot of documents which frustrate anyone who petition

  4. Nigeria rolls out thousands of graduates each year without plans for them. Many have been frustrated because of unemployment. The very few employed are made to work 'extra-hard' in fear of losing the job one day. However, in the same country some have so much and invest in other countries without giving back to the nation that 'made' them legally or not. A sad story!

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