Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja

Operatives of the Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have arrested the trio of Benson Kufre John, Joseph Iraboh Eseosa and Sunday Marcus, who were earlier declared wanted by the commission for allegedly defrauding unsuspecting people in a N3.5billion ponzi scheme.

A statement by the commission said the agency first got wind of the alleged criminal activities of the trio on October 28, 2020 following a complaint from UBA Plc, regarding the operation of an account, Annexation Business Concept opened by one Sunday Marcus. It was discovered by the commission that the account had a turnover of N3, 525, 372, 654.43) within a period of period of six months (February to August 2020).

In the course of investigation, the EFCC discovered that the suspects specifically opened the account as a vehicle to defraud unsuspecting members of the public by enticing them with mouth-watering “returns on investment” as high as 30%, 60% and 200% depending on the duration of the investment.

So far, investigation has established Benson Kufre John and Iraboh Joseph Eseosa, as the mastermind of the Scheme, who procured one Sunday Marcus to register the company with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and opened the UBA Bank Account using fictitious addresses and unregistered phone

number.

Investigation further revealed that Marcus opened other accounts in GTB, Zenith Bank and Parkway Ready Cash operated by Benson Kufre and Joseph…

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