By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
THE Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday confirmed the arrest of a notorious fraudster, Amina Kabo otherwise ‘ Fauziya Kabo’ and three others working as her staff for operating an illegal finance company to register unsuspecting public for loan after paying some money.
The suspect , 27 , who hail from Bali local government, Taraba state was arrested in the premises of one Olive Microfinance Bank Limited at No 26 Dubade Plaza, Tamaje road along the Sokoto Eastern bye pass where she allegedly collects monies between N5000 and N10,000 under the guise of opening accounts with the aim of granting loans to her unsuspecting victims.
Kabo is said to be involved in a similar crime in Gwandu and Jega in Kebbi state in connivance with her master, one Bassey to swindle huge amounts from their victims.
Briefing news men , the Zonal Head of Operations, Mr Abdullahi Lawal who paraded the suspect said She was arrested on December 4, 2019 in possession of N897,500 collected from 108 victims following a tip off on December 3, 2019 by patriotic Nigerians.
According to Lawal, ” the suspect was operating as Manager of the bank with three others, Mariam Usman, Abdulrahman Lawali and Shehu Ibrahim as staff recruited by her.
” Instantly, we recovered among other incriminating items to include cash of N533, 805 and N49,505 separately from her.”
The Zonal Boss said the suspect had operated same fraudulent practice in neighbouring Kebbi giving a loan in the following manner” N5, 000 will attract N50, 000; N7,000 for N100,000; N8,000 for N200,000 ; N9,000 for NN300,000 while N10,000 will get N400,000 loan respectively.”
He however, said the suspect would be prosecuted on completion of investigation while warning unsuspecting public to be careful and vigilant against any person under suspicion of fraudulent activities and be reported to the agency for immediate action