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Student Fraudsters

By Astro Jewoola

Three students of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, have been arrested by detectives of the Nigeria Police Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Milverton Road, Ikoyi.

They allegedly withdrew about N34 million fraudulently from people’s bank account through the automatic teller machine (ATM).

The fraud was detected at the Benin branch of Access Bank Nigeria Plc.

The principal suspect is 20-year old Timothy Ehimea, a part-time student of Science Laboratory Technology at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State.

Other suspects are, Ighodaro Osahon, 22, Electrical Engineering and George Osagale, 24, a Geography and Physical Planning final year student.

They are all childhood friends who hail from Ishan in Edo State.

According to a source at SFU, “We received a strongly worded petition addressed to the Commissioner of Police in charge of SFU, Mr. Olayinka Balogun from Access Bank Nigeria Plc., regarding about N34 million Automated Machine Fraud (ATM) being perpetrated by an Ambrose Alli University student.

“The copy of the petition stated further that ‘one Ehimea on several occasions manipulated the ATM machine of the bank’s branch at 43B, Evifa Bufu Road, Benin City and his access card visa with number 4751-7500-0003 to withdraw the sums between April and June this year.’ Upon receiving a copy of the petition, we swung into investigation.”

Before Ehimea was arrested last week, investigation showed that he was living like a king on the campus, cruising around in his newly acquired cartoon colour Toyota Nissan Pathfinder sport utility veicle (SUV) with registration number AW 141 USR.

Ehimea was arrested inside the banking hall where, according to the source, he was officially invited for some other multi-million naira related investment with the bank and a red carpet was rolled out for the unsuspecting bank visitor.

Until his arrest last week, officials of the bank inquired about his source of income and his business that netted millions of naira in such a short time.

Ehimea lied to them that he was a computer analyst and computer engineer working for a Googlewith the United States of America and each time they paid him with thousand of American dollars.

SFU investigations revealed further that the ATM fraud whizkid operated about five different bank accounts through which he siphoned the ill-gotten money with fake credit cards.

The cards’ numbers are: 023002300002328, 030031000360, 0300350060038; 0301510025641 and 0101620002540.

In his confessional statement, Ehimea admitted all charges levelled against him.

According to him, “what I illegally withdrew was not N34 million but N20 million.

“One morning that I needed to cash money from the bank with my Access Bank visa card, I spotted the faulty machine. I discovered that each time I withdrew money my account would not be debited, so I just kept on withdrawing.

“But each time I withdrew some money, my account was credited again. I was always scared, but I would collect it, rush back to the banking hall and re-credit my account. I did this several times that I could not even remember.”

When Ehimea sensed the looming danger, he cleverly transferred about N12 million to his friend Ighodaro Osahon’s account at Guarantee Trust Bank, Benin for safe keep, and hired the services of one solicitor identified as Mr. Edokpaigbe Edobor to fight his cause. He was paid N50,000 for his legal services.

PM.News further gathered that Ehimea cleverly transferred some amount to different banks. These are, Access Bank N3 million, Oceanic Bank N17 million and United Bank of Africa N5 million.

When police questioned both George Osagale and Ighodaro Osahon about the level of their involvement, they denied any knowledge of the ATM scam and Ighodaro stated that “I don’t know that Ehimea had transferred the N12 million into my GTB account.”

Items recovered from Ehimea include five credit cards and six brands of handsets.

Commenting on the ATM fraud, the Commissioner of Police, Special Fraud Unit Mr. Olayinka Balogun advised all parents to engaged their children meaningfully.

“Children of such ages are very clever and brilliant. If their brains were not positively engaged it could be used negatively. Idle hands are the devil’s workshops,” said Balogun.

Meanwhile, the matter has been transferred to the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, for further investigation.

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June 30, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

9 Comments »

  1. Wot do u expect dem 2 do wen dere are so many jobless graduates on d streets of benin. more Fraud… More fraud… We must mega by all means…

    Comment by ik | July 3, 2008 | Reply

  2. i heard the boy (timothy) has been released, he shouldn’t be allowed out cos he’s gonna do worse.

    Comment by Mikky | July 23, 2008 | Reply

  3. i have always know that boy to be like that, he’s in my department, but i neva knew he could go to this extent of withdrwing 34million, from a nigerian bank, he should be dealt with.

    Comment by Eric | July 23, 2008 | Reply

  4. I’M OUT SO EVERYONE AGAINST ME SHOULD GO EAT SHIT. IF E EASY MAKE UNA TRY WETIN UNA THINK SAY I TRY.
    AS FOR THE PERSON WEY SAY I DEY IM DEPARTMENT, I’M PRETTY SURE YOU’RE JEALOUS.WELL THERE’S NOTHING I CAN DO IF YOUR’RE BROKE. YOU SHOULD HAVE JUST ASKED ME FOR SOME MONEY.
    I’M OUT OOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Comment by Timothy Ehimen | July 28, 2008 | Reply

  5. u shouldnt blame d boi,but d bank and nigeria 4 d stupidity.how can one withdrawn money from his account and its never debited.how is dat his fault.if it were u wat will u do call d police or arrest urself.wats d accountantant 4 or d bank manager and how come dere account bal @ night.if there is no inside fraud dere wont b any frm outside.

    Comment by banjo | August 8, 2008 | Reply

  6. the stupid nigerian banks are they not defrauding nigerians????????????????????they are!!!!we are not practicing banking in naija we are doing business thats all.Pls even our leaders are frauds deal with them first and leave innocent lucky ppl..Timothy more grease to ur elbow jare my brother u pity them sef.Am sorry to say but its true the air we breathe in naija is even fraud.

    Comment by kanayo | August 17, 2008 | Reply

  7. If only the so called E.F.C.C knows whom to arrest or interrogate,it would be themselves. Come to think of it,how which the streets no pay,wetin we for dey do? The government should know that those dollars and pounds or whatever fraud you call it, boosts the economy of our great naija. As for me, i nor send tell E.F.C.C say i “click,click”. It pays to click more than the bitches wey dey suck dick…. Its WEEZY@FOREVERDOT.COM. Suck on that. Cowards!

    Comment by Weezy jay | October 29, 2008 | Reply

  8. You all talking about timothy, his case is even better cos if it was me,i’ll build a bank in my house and fill it with the retarded money. The lord opened the windows and doors of heaven,una call my guy fraudster. E nor steal or scam anybody. Na God open the way for am. Try me? If na me,you for dey find me while i bubble bath in an hotel at ohio,america. Fuck u murderFuckers who doesn’t know God’s blessing. Its WEEZY@FOREVER.COM. Suck on this. Faggots.

    Comment by Weezy jay | October 29, 2008 | Reply

  9. I can’t wait until the yahoo boys are finally out of business

    Comment by joyce | July 8, 2010 | Reply


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