LAGOS: A LOCAL man has been arrested for allegedly obtaining US$100 000 from a Danish woman in a romance scam. Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) apprehended Emeofa Michael Ikechukwu for allegedly duping Hengameh Misepasi.
Ikechukwu, alias Michael Briggs, was picked up in Port Harcourt, Rivers State following a petition from the Nigerian Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. The suspect allegedly met the victim online in February 2013 and falsely represented himself as an American business executive on business visit to Nigeria.
In the course of the internet affair, Ikechukwu promised his victim marriage and later began to make monetary demands on her, using various excuses. Once, he told her that he had problems with government officials and requested for a loan.
It is alleged he persuaded her into partnering with him on a phantom timber business. The last request he made before he was arrested was a demand for $10 000 to enable him travel to Denmark to meet her.
According to EFCC, it was while he was attempting to draw the $100 sent by the victim, instead of the $10 000 requested, through a money transfer agency that he was arrested. The suspect would be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are completed.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY