A 43-year-old man, Sylvester Ehiarinmian, is presently under the custody of the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, for allegedly swindling a United States based Nigerian woman of several millions of naira and landed properties located in some parts of Nigeria.
The victim, Mary Ope, a 40-year-old married woman with children, who owns a farm in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT Abuja, reportedly had the intention of setting up other businesses back home.
She was said to have been introduced to Ehiarinmian, as capable of providing her with security to and from the farm.
According to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge of the Zone, AIG Ahmed Iliyasu, on Wednesday, September, 16, 2020, the suspect was said to have made a love advance to her, with a promise to marry her, even though she claimed he was aware she was married. She hypnotically fell in love with the suspect who dispossessed her of both cash and property.
Ahmed revealed that the the suspect obtained the sum of $15000 dollars (N5.8m) from her, to procure visa for the victim’s sister, another $10,000N3.8m) he proposed to purchase carpets for an office they both agreed to operate and N40 million for the establishment of a medical laboratory.
When the scale fell off her eyes, Mary petitioned the police to fish out the suspect.
Ehiarinmian was arrested and the following items, belonging to the victim, were recovered. They are: two Toyota Sienna Space buses (05/07 models) marked RBC 564 BB and YAB 101AZ; two unregistered Toyota Sienna Space buses (05/07 models); Toyota Highlander (01 model), with Registration No. YAB 768 SD; bunch of keys of a storey building comprising two bedroom flats and two self contained apartments.
Also recovered were one bedroom flats with boy quarters in Apo Resettlement Abuja; documents in respect of a ‘900sqm land, located in Wasa District, Abuja along with Certificate of Occupancy (C of O); documents of a 900sqm land, situated in Angwan Tiv area of Apo Resettlement Area, Abuja; a 900kVA generating set and Nine copies of Deeds of Assignments belonging in respect of a property in Apo, Abuja.