A suspected fraudster, Joseph Onuoha, has told the police that 40 of them are unleashed on Lagos daily to look for those to dupe. The suspect told interrogators that he belonged to a fraud syndicate led by a man simply identified as Toronto.
He said that their leader, who is now at large, trained over 40 of them to go out daily in search of would be victims.He said: “When we hit jackpot, we share it into five parts. Toronto takes two parts.
Two of us in a team share two and we would share the remaining part with others. Presently, our office, which is at Ajegunle, had been busted by the police. I heard that Toronto had relocated to somewhere in Surulere.
Whenever we have issues with the police, he comes around to secure our bail.” Onuoha (40) and three others, Kenneth Umukoro (36), Uba Utokcha (41), and Ikechukwu Okeke (25), were arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Lagos, days after they swindled a lady.
The victim, Ibeh Chiwenu, said Onuoha’s gang, including a pastor and a Customs officer, led her to the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) to withdraw N9,000 remaining in her account.
Chiwenu said she was going to Ojodu Berger from Ojota when Umukoro, posing as a cab driver, driving an ash coloured Toyota Camry 1997 model, with the registration number SMK 886 DK, stopped to pick her at the bus stop. She said:
“He picked another passenger on Kudirat Abiola Way. We were still on Kudirat Abiola Way when the new passenger started a conversation in French language with the driver.
The driver now pleaded that he wanted to take the new passenger to Customs’ Office on Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, where his goods were seized. It was there their story changed.
I became the subject of their manipulation in connivance with a Customs official and a pastor. Under the pretense that the four of us assist the man whose goods were trapped with the Customs over export duties, they brainwashed me into releasing my ATM card.