By Ebere Suzy Okoye
The Directorate of State
Security Services, Anambra State Command has arrested four suspects that specialize in stealing Dividend Warrants of unsuspecting shareholders from Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST), Falomo Lagos and cashing them in banks.
Parading the suspects to newsmen in Awka on thursday, the State Director of Security, Alex Okeiyi said the suspects- Cletus Chris C. Ohaegbulam, Emmanuel C. Mbakwe, Yahaya Anifowoshe and Mojeed Babatunde were arrested by the command at Asaba, Delta State, Umuahia Abia State and Lagos state respectively.
The principal suspect, Cletus Chris C. Ohaegbulam (aka Chris Ohams) ,43 from Ahiazu Mbaise LGA , Imo State according to security findings has been a notorious fraudster who maintains multiple identities.
He has three driving licenses bearing different names all with one picture with which he opened fictitious Bank Accounts to swindle unsuspecting victims.
When he was arrested in Asaba, a total of 194 Dividend Warrants belonging to unsuspecting shareholders were recovered from him.
Among them is a UBA warrant in the sum thirty eight thousand, seven hundred and twenty seven naira, ninety kobo (N38, 727,90) belonging to Uma Ukpai, the Uyo, Akwa Ibom State based Evangelist.
Ohams during interrogation confessed to have connived with the Manager of Okaiuga Micro- Finance Bank, Umuahia, Abia State, Orji Ukanwoke at large and his Operations Manager, Emmanuel Mbakwe to cash the Dividend Warrants through a spurious company, Access Enterprises Limited which he opened.
He also confessed to have swindled uncountable number of victims through non –existent contracts in Ebonyi State, Government House, Abakaliki posing as a top official of that Government.
He also confessed to have used other means, including posing as MTN official to swindle victims.
In another development, one Chukwunonso Emeghalu , 30 from Udi,Enugu State was also arrested for collecting applications from unsuspecting members of the public under the guise of securing employment for them into the Service.
Speaking to the suspects by newmen, they admitted guilt and blamed it all on the devil.
The State Director, Okeiyi said that the suspects would be handed over to the relevant agency for further investigation and necessary action.
He also warned members of the public to beware of scammers and informed that the Service does not recruit through a third party, agent or Internet.