Three suspected fraudsters specialising in defrauding unsuspecting oil dealers in Lagos have been paraded by the Lagos State Police Command. The suspects, Clement Aladay Enenche, Lawrence Audu Oduh and Mike Edache Enenche were arrested by the police after a long trail, having being in their wanted list since 2012. The other suspect, Emmanuel Amakre is still at large.
The suspected fraudsters who claimed to be dealing in petroleum products had succeeded in defrauding several innocent people of over N75million. Their mode of operation was to source for products, especially, diesel and petrol from unsuspecting marketer, then bargain on a price and issue the victim a dud cheque.
Later, the victim receives false bank alert,even as they escape with the products. Usually, the transaction turns out to be a scam since the fraudsters’ accounts in the banks are not sufficiently funded.
To make their business seem genuine, the suspects registered three companies namely Hephzibah Energy Resources Ltd, Deep Flank Energy Resources and Blue Moon Energy Resources through which they perpetrated their illegal acts. They also opened several accounts with various banks to facilitate their criminal activities.
These include: UBA Bank Account Number 1016490678; Diamond Bank Account Number 0024570380, Sterling Bank Account Number 0016979153, FCMB Account Number 0738460014 and GTB Bank . Some of their victims include Emmanuel Nnamezie, MD Echemas Nigeria Limited situated at No. 2, Bauchi Road, Jos, Plateau State who was defrauded of 33, 000 litres of PMS valued at N4 million.
The matter was reported at Area B, Apapa. Following investigations, detectives traced the buyer of the products to one Okey Ikeh, who claimed to have bought them from Mike Edache Enenche. Other victims include Nikky Best who was defrauded of N5.2million, Mrs. Ogini, N6.1million, Professor, N6million, Innocent Okonkwo, N9.6million, Pesu Temisanre N4.7million, Royal Oil N2.9million, Metna Oil and Gas N4million, King Simon N11million, Jonathan N5million among others.
In an interview with reporters, the syndicate’s kingpin, Clement Aladay resorted to insulting journalists, saying he was being victimised by some unnamed persons. He said he could only say one thing, that; “we are talking about money here, all I can say is that I am owing some people and some owe me too.”