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NSCDC arrests American deportee over visa scam

By Ayodele Popoola

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Ondo State Command has confirmed the arrest of a middle-aged deportee over an alleged visa scam.

The state NSCDC Commandant, Oluyemi Ibiloye, while parading the suspect before newsmen on Tuesday in Akure, said the suspect was arrested in Akure after he absconded from Okitipupa in Ondo State, where he duped people under the guise of facilitating their visa issuance to the U.S.A.

He stated that the suspect claimed to be a captain in the United States Army and collected N300,000 from a female victim whom he promised a slot to work in America.

“On February 20, a complaint of visa scam was reported against the suspect.

“He had told his victim when they met online on May 2, 2023, that he was a United States of America army officer on annual leave in Nigeria.

“The suspect promised the complainant a slot to work in America and asked her to deposit N300,000 into his bank account.

“After the money was paid into his bank account, he stopped picking up his victim’s telephone calls until he was tracked and arrested in Akure,” he said.

According to the commandant, the suspect had made a confessional statement about the crime, saying he committed the offence as a result of overwhelming conditions.

“I am not a captain in the U.S. Army. I obtained a Master’s degree in the U.S.A. before I was deported.

“I collected the said amount as I was planning to relocate to another country,” he said.

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