EFCC Arrests Businessman For Allegedly Defrauding Ecobank Of N800M



A man, Adeleke Adeyemi, has been arrested by the Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lagos Zonal Office, for allegedly defrauded Ecobank Plc of the sum of N800 million.

The fraud suspect, according to a statement issued by the EFCC’s Media & Publicity department, was arrested for his involvement in an alleged case of conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretence, diversion of funds, issuance of dud cheques and money laundering to the tune of N800 million.

“Adeyemi, together with his accomplice, Odusanya Ayotunde Memphis (now at large), in their capacities as directors at Wafa Aggregate Limited, allegedly approached Eco Bank Plc for a loan facility of N800million for the procurement of petroleum products from Covalent Oil & Gas Services Limited in October, 2011.

“Upon receipt of the loan facility, Adeyemi and Memphis allegedly diverted the funds to their personal use and defaulted in paying back the loan.

“Investigation revealed that the five Diamond Bank Plc cheques of N10 million each issued by the suspect and his accomplice were returned unpaid upon presentation.

EFCC said the suspect will soon be charged to court after conclusion of investigation.


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