The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has concluded arrangement to arraign a Malaysia- based Nigerian fraudsters, Hope Olusegun Aroke and his accomplice, Tafida Garuba Ibrahim before a Federal High Court, Lagos tomorrow, Monday January 21, 2013. They will be docked before Justice Mohammed Idris on two separate charges of Money laundering and False Declaration of Assets.
Aroje was one of two Malaysia-based Nigerian undergraduate
fraudsters arrested by the EFCC in the closing weeks of 2012 at the 1004
Housing Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos following a tip- off. The 25
year-old indigene of Okene, Kogi State claims to be a student of
Computer Science at the Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University, Malaysia.
But the Commission’s investigation fingered him as the arrow head of an
intricate web of internet fraud scheme that traverse two continents.
His accomplice, Tafida Ibrahim is a Bureau De Change operator.
Through him, Aroke was able to launder proceeds of multiple scams to the
tune of over N31million. The duo enjoy a cozy business relationship
that saw Ibrahim travel to Malaysia twice between September and October
2012 at the instance of Aroke.
When Aroke was arrested, a search conducted by EFCC operatives on
his apartment led to the recovery of several items such as laptops, iPad
phones, travelling documents, cheque books, flash drives, internet
modem, and three exotic cars - a Mercedes Benz Jeep, One 4Matic Mercedes
Benz Car and a Range Rover Sport SUV.
Operatives of the EFCC also downloaded over 80 implicating documents from the laptops recovered from him.