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€14.7m COVID-19 fraud: Interpol, Nigeria Police nab suspects, €498,000 in Nigerian bank

The INTERPOL, Nationwide Central Bureau (NCB) and the Nigeria Police Cybercrime Unit have arrested two suspects for his or her alleged complicity in COVID-19 Private Protecting Tools (PPE) procurement rip-off.

Power spokesman, Frank Mba, in an announcement stated Babatunde Adesanya aka Teddy, 50, a Grasp Diploma holder in Cell Biology, and Akinpelu Hassan Abass, 41, the Managing Director of Musterpoint Funding Nig. Ltd, are members of a transnational prison community.

He stated they cloned the company web site of ILBN Holdings BV, Holland, to transact with and defraud one Freiherr Fredrick Von Hahn, a consultant of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Their arrest was sequel to a Mutual Authorized Help Treaty (MLAT) acquired by the Bureau from the workplace of the Lawyer Basic of the Federation and Minister of Justice conveying a request from the German Authorities for investigations.

INTERPOL investigations revealed that the suspects and their Holland-based cohorts, Eduardus Boomstra and Geradius Maulder, specialised in id theft, cyber-stalking, cloning of company web sites, amongst different cyber crimes.

Mba stated the suspects fraudulently obtained from Mr Hahn the sum of 1.5m Euro and one other 880,000 Euro as superior cost for the provision of COVID-19 PPEs valued at 14.7million Euros.

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Disturbed by the non-arrival of the PPEs, Hahn visited the company workplace of ILBN Holdings solely to search out out that the corporate by no means did enterprise with him.

He reported the case to the Police in Holland and this led to the arrest of Eduardus Boomstra and Geradius Maulder in Holland.

“Investigation by INTERPOL additional revealed that Adesanya acquired 498,000 Euro from Boomstra and Maulder by his Citibank London account and transferred identical to an account domiciled with a Lagos department of a number one business financial institution in Nigeria belonging to Musterpoint Funding Nig. Ltd”, Mba added.

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The suspects will quickly be arraigned in courtroom.

In July, the INTERPOL and Nigeria Police Cybercrime Unit arrested Samson Inegbenosun, 30; Blessed Junior, 32; and Muhammed Zakari, 36, for comparable offences.

They have been additionally allegedly concerned in a fraudulent on-line procurement and provide of COVID-19 protecting masks.

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