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EFCC Declares Italian, 2 Nigerians Wanted Over N1.09 Billion Scam




The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has declared an Italian, Mariani Albino, wanted in connection with a case of obtaining money by false pretence, stealing and money laundering to the tune of N989,288,400.00.

The agency also declared wanted two Nigerians, Nsika Usoro and Steve Bajo, for fraudulent conversion of the sum of N107million belonging to So Energy, a subsidiary of Sahara Group.

Information provided by the commission in astatement issued by its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, stated that Albino is 53 years, 5ft 3inches in height and fair in complexion and that he speaks Italian and English languages fluently.

In a telephone chat, Uwujaren told our reporter that the Italian collected close to a million naira from a Nigerian for an interior decoration job but disappeared after being paid. All efforts by the commission to trace him have failed so he is believed to have returned to his home country.

His last known address is 9B, Ezekwuese Close, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

Usoro and Bajo are directors of Rigel Energy and Maritime Limited and obtained the money from the oil firm but failed to deliver.

They have since disappeared. The EFCC instituted a case against the duo and they were to appear today but they did not turn up.

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