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NAF Arrests 2 Suspected Fraudsters
Nigerian Air Force, NAF, has arrested two persons who tried to defraud unsuspecting applicants for the ongoing Recruitment Exercise.
The two friends, Endurance Ehichoya and David Eghosa, both 21 year-old students of the Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Edo state, were paraded in Abuja on Tuesday.
They were arrested in Ekpoma by NAF intelligence operatives with the assistance of Zenith Bank officials.
Their arrest followed a message posted on Facebook by Ehichoya on June 25, requesting applicants to contact the Air Secretary, CN Chukwu, through a particular phone number for enlistment assistance into the NAF.
The message had the photograph of the Air Secretary in order to lure their would-be clients into believing that the scam is real.
When contacted on the said phone number, Ehichoya had requested the caller to pay the sum of N75,000 into his Fidelity Bank Savings Account.
However, the caller told Ehichoya that there was no Fidelity Bank branch around his area in order to get more information from him, asking him if he could provide another bank details; Ehichoya then supplied the Zenith account details of his friend, Eghosa.
The NAF, working with the officials of Zenith Bank, then deployed security operatives from 81 Air Maritime Group Benin to Ekpoma to arrest David Eghosa who was subsequently flown to Abuja for further investigation.
Realising that Eghosa had been arrested, his relations got the Police to arrest Endurance Ehichoya, and handed him over to the NAF.
Eghosa confirmed he knew his friend, Ehichoya, was a serial scammer, indulging in recruitment and local online dating scam using ladies’ names and photographs to defraud men online.
Two of the Facebook accounts operated by Ehichoya to commit fraud online are BRIDGET EHICHOYA VIOLET which he later renamed ELLA JONNY FROSH, and CREFLO A DOLLAR.
The suspects have been handed over to the civil police for further investigation with a view to identifying and arresting other members of the gang.