Olusegun Ariyo

Two Suspects identified as Teddy, a fifty-year-old Babatunde Adesanya with a master degree in cell biology and 41-year-old Hassan Abass has been arrested by the cybercrime unit of the Nigeria police force Interpol national bureau, Abuja for their alleged complicity in a major multimillion-euro scam touching on procurement of COVID-19 personal protective Equipment (PPE).

A statement made available to urban Express News-online through Force Public Relation Officer Dcp Frank Mba said the suspects allegedly defrauded the managing Director of muster point investment.

The statement Put further that Adesanya and Hassan Abass who are members of a sophisticated transnational criminal network cloned the corporate website of ILBN holding BV, Holland to transact with and allegedly defrauded one Freiherr Fredrick von Hahn, a representative of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Mba said the arrest of the suspects was a sequel to a mutual legal Assistance Treaty received by the bureau from the office of the Attorney General of the federation and minister of justice conveying a request from the Garman government for an investigation into a fraudulent transaction on the procurement of COVID-19 personal protective equipment linked to a Nigerian based bank account.

He said a discrete investigation by Interpol Nigeria revealed that the suspects and their Holland-based cohorts, one Eduarus Boomstra and Geradius maulder specialized in identity theft, cyber-stalker, cloning of corporate websites amongst other cyber mischiefs to defraud unsuspecting members of the public across the world.

“In this instance, the suspects fraudulently obtained from Mr. freiherr Fredrick von Hahn the sum of 1.5 million Euro and another 88,000 euro as advanced payment for the supply of COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment valued at 14.7million Euros”!

Continuing, Mba said apparently disturbed by the non-arrival of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Mr Freiher Fredrick von Hanh eventually visited the corporate office of ILBN holdings BV in Holland to inquire reasons for the delay in supplying the item only to find out that the company never did business with him and that the transaction was a scam.

He said the fraudster merely cloned the company’s website and falsely presented themselves as representatives of the company before subsequently executing the fraudulent transaction.

“Consequently he reported the case of fraud to the police in Holland and this led to the arrest of eduardus  Boomstra and Geradius Maulder in Holland and investigations extended to Nigeria”

The FPPRO said an investigation by Interpol Nigeria further revealed that Babatunde Adesanya received 498,000 Euro from Eduardus Boomstra and Geradius Maulder through his Citi-bank London account and transferred same to an account number domiciled with a Lagos branch of a leading commercial bank in Nigeria belonging to muster point investment Nigeria limited.

The inspector general of police, IGP Adamu Mohammed assures members of the international community of the commitment of the force to tackling cybercrimes and other transactional crimes adding that there will be no hiding place for internet fraudster in the country.

He said suspects will be arraigned before a competent court of law soon, the statement read.

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