The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Emmanuel Oluwaniyi, a Deputy Controller (DC) of Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) and Hemeson Edson Edwin, also a DC, for allegedly giving exaggerated medical reports that warranted a convicted internet fraudster, Hope Olusegun Aroke, who is serving a 24-year jail term, being given a referral to be treated outside the facility.
The first suspect, Oluwaniyi, who is the Controller, Kirikiri Maximum Prison, as well as the second suspect, Edwin, who is in charge of the medical facility, were arrested by operatives of the EFCC Lagos Zonal office on Monday.
A statement from the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, on Tuesday said that the suspects have given useful information to the Commission about their alleged involvement in the crime.
It will be recalled that Aroke, also known as H.Money, had masterminded a mega internet fraud to the tune of over $1million while in the prison custody.
The EFCC spokesman stated that he committed the alleged crime from prison, using a network of accomplices.
“Aroke was one of the two Malaysia-based Nigerian undergraduate fraudsters arrested by the EFCC towards the end of 2012 at the 1004 Housing Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos, following a tip-off.
“Aroke, who hails from Okene in Kogi State, had claimed to be a student of Computer Science at the Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University, Malaysia.
“However, investigations by the Commission revealed Aroke as the arrow head of an intricate web of an internet fraud scheme that traverses two continents.
“When Aroke was arrested, a search conducted by EFCC operatives on his apartment led to the recovery of several items such as laptops, iPad, traveling documents, cheque books, flash drives, internet modem, and three exotic cars – a Mercedes Benz Jeep, One 4Matic Mercedes Benz Car and a Range Rover Sport SUV.
“He was eventually convicted by Justice Lateefa Okunnu of the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja on two counts of obtaining money by false pretence, cheque cloning, wire transfer and forgery.
“He was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment on each of the two counts,” the statement read.