EFCC Arrests Fraudster Over N.63m UniAbuja Admission Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday 24th September, 2012, arrested Mr. Adebisi Adeniyi James, 32, for fraudulently obtaining N6, 000 under the false pretence of securing into the University of Abuja for his victim.

The arrest of James who hails from Oke-Imesi, Ekiti State followed a petition by Mrs. Helen Igoni Owuaru, a widow who alleged that sometime in April 2012, while she was travelling to Abuja to seek into the University of Abuja for her daughter, she met the suspect at the reception hall of Chisco Transport Company in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. In the course of their discussion, she mentioned the purpose of her journey to the suspect who immediately promised to help secure the for her daughter through his brother, one Deacon Adebisi Adeniyi, purportedly the Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University.

Mrs. Owuaru added that barely three weeks after that encounter, the suspect called to inform her that he had secured the and needed to make some immediate payments. The complainant said she immediately remitted some money through the bank provided by the suspect. According to her, she made several other payments totalling N6, 000.00 (six hundred and thirty thousand naira) to the suspect.

She said she became suspicious when the suspect started giving her different dates for matriculation. This, according to her, prompted her to embark on a fact finding visit to the University, only to discover that was no such staff as Deacon Adebisi Adeniyi on the payroll of the University of Abuja.

Following this discovery, Mrs. Owuaru petitioned the EFCC.

The suspect will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.


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