From Yakubu Busari,Jos
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission ,EFCC on Monday in Jos at the Plateau State High Court 3 presided over by Hon Justice Christine Dabup, paraded a culprit who specializess in cyber crime and using a fake company to defraud his victims.
The suspect, Engr Kunle Salau disguised as a contractor to trap his victim, Mr Chijoike Achi, the Executive Director of Living Best Multi Business Ltd, located at No 25 Ahmadu Bello, Way in Jos, the state capital.
The complainant, Mr Chijioke had approached the Branch Headquarters of EFCC with a complaint against Salau on the issuance of dud cheque amounting to N2,250,000 million.
The case which came up in March, 2020, but was adjourned for continuation of hearing because of the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic, resumed for hearing on Monday, June 29 June.
Chief Chijioke Achi said one Mgbeasiri Alex Obinna introduced Engr Kunle Salau to him as a contractor in Benue State handling ongoing projects for the government.
According to Achi, Engr Kunle Salau requested for a loan for N1,500,000.00, which he gave him in cash and an then later another N600, 000 before transferring an additional N150,000, bringing the total amount to N2, 250, 0000. In return, he said he got a post- dated cheque from Salau, which turned out to be a dud when he presented it in the bank on the appointed date.
Chief Chijioke further testified that he borrowed money from friends to give to the defendant who kept assuring he would he would pay once the contracting government paid him.
During the court hearing, Head of Forensic Unit of the EFCC, who is also in charge of investigation, surveillance, arrest and report, Mrs Adeniyi Adewoye, told the court that herself with her team conducted investigation into the matter and identified the culprit Engr Kunle Salau through his company Coxetra Nig Ltd.
She explained that the defendant gave the complainant a cheque dated Nov 11 , 2091 which upon investigation was confirmed to be a dud by the branch manager of Sterling Bank, Jos.