The EFCC has arrested one Chike Nnaemeka, alias Dr. Justified Isioma Nnaemeka Emerald, for an alleged N6.7 million love scam.
A statement by EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity Mr. Wilson Uwujaren confirmed this.
Nnaemeka was arrested for conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence, amounting to about N6.7 million.
In a statement by the EFCC, Nnaemeka, who claimed to be a gynaecologist, allegedly collected the money, under different requests, from his victim, Ani Nkechi Joy, an employee of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) after she was introduced to him by one of her classmates at the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State.
Following their meeting, the suspect, who also claimed to be an orphan and a prince of Ihekpe Kingdom in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State, was joined in a traditional wedding with the victim on June 6, 2015.
In her petition, the complainant said: “During the wedding preparation, he brought up so many stories bordering on cultural issues that I or anyone from my family is not supposed to visit his home town until after my marriage. He also said the tradition of his place as a prince demands that I sponsor every financial aspect of the traditional marriage, but that he would refund me to the last one naira I spent.”
The EFCC said the complainant became “ensnared in the suspect’s web of lies when he claimed to have property that Zenith Bank Plc and Diamond Bank Plc were purportedly interested in.”
“The suspect was said to have shown the complainant some documents to the property, while also requesting her to provide money to enable him complete the process.
“Unsuspectingly, the complainant allegedly transferred money to the suspect, after being assured that he would refund her.
“ But on December 23, 2015, the suspect allegedly left the house on the pretence that he was going to sign the agreement papers with the bank to finalise the transaction.
He, however, did not return home until December 29, 2015.
“ According to the complainant, the suspect allegedly claimed the lawyer to the bank had died and that his lawyer would not allow anyone else to sign the papers, except a lawyer.
“At this stage, the complainant became suspicious and made efforts to inquire about the suspect’s real identity and what he did for a living from some of his acquaintances.
“Also, the complainant alleged that the suspect stole $3,000 belonging to her boss.
“When the complainant asked the suspect about the missing money, the suspect allegedly said the chief priest of his village said it was a spirit that stole it.
“But investigation showed that the suspect, who is married with three children, also lied that his mother passed on some years back.
“The suspect will soon be charged to court after investigation is concluded.”