The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the Controller of Kirikiri Maximum Prison Emmanuel Oluwaniyi and Hemeson Edwin, who is the Head of the Medical facility in the prison for “allegedly giving exaggerated medical reports that warranted a convicted internet fraudster, Hope Aroke, who is serving a 24-year jail term, being given a referral to be treated outside the facility.”.
Penpushing reports that the arrest the two suspects who are Deputy Controllers (DC) of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS), was made known in a statement by Head of Media and Publicity of the anti-graft, Wilson Uwujaren.
‘The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lagos Zonal office, has arrested the duo of Emmanuel Oluwaniyi, a Deputy Controller (DC) Nigerian Correctional Service, NCS, and Hemeson Edwin, also a DC, for allegedly giving exaggerated medical reports that warranted a convicted internet fraudster, Hope Aroke, who is serving a 24-year jail term, being given a referral to be treated outside the facility’.
‘The first suspect, Mr Oluwaniyi, who is the Controller, Kirikiri Maximum Prison, as well as the second suspect, Mr Edwin, who is in charge of the medical facility, was arrested on Monday, November 25, 2019, by operatives of the Commission.
Penpushing further reports that, the statement said, the suspects have given useful information to the commission about their alleged involvement in the crime, adding that the convict, Aroke, popularly called H.Money, had masterminded a mega scam to the tune of over $1m scam.
The statement explained that, Aroke committed the alleged crime from prison, using a network of accomplices, and was one of the two Malaysia-based Nigerian undergraduate fraudsters arrested by the commission towards the end of 2012 at the 1004 Housing Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos, following a tip-off.
Penpushing also reports that, the convict who hails from Okene in Kogi State, had claimed to be a student of Computer Science at the Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University, Malaysia, however, investigations by the commission revealed he was the arrowhead of an intricate web of an internet fraud scheme that traverses two continents.
The Commission said when Aroke was arrested, a search conducted by anti-graft operatives on his apartment led to the recovery of several items such as laptops, iPad, traveling documents, cheque books, flash drives, internet modem, and three exotic cars – a Mercedes Benz Jeep, One 4Matic Mercedes Benz Car and a Range Rover Sport SUV.
Penpushing reports that, he was eventually convicted and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by Justice Lateefa Okunnu of the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja on two counts of obtaining money by false pretence, cheque cloning, wire transfer and forgery.