Three Nigerians, Onuoha Nnanna Francis, 34, Valentine O. Anumaka, 28, and Eze Victor, 35, alongside 6 of their accomplices, have been arrested by India’s Central Crime Station (CCS), for duping two Indian businessmen to the tune of Rs3.6 lakh by luring them with an offer to invest $ 1 lakh in hotel business.
India Times reports that the arrest was made after one of the businessmen; C. Sadashiva, lodged a complaint at a police station stating that he and his friend, Raju Jembiya, were duped by one Terry Joseph from Nigeria to the tune of Rs 3.6 lakh.
Sadashiva alleged he agreed to join Terry’s business venture.
Terry, who posed as a restaurant owner in Nigeria, reportedly became friends with Sadashiva six months ago on Facebook and then expressed his willingness to invest Rs 1 lakh US dollars in restaurant business in India.
According to Indian Police statement, when Sadashiva agreed to join Terry’s business venture, Terry, the initiator of the scam deal, asked him to meet another Nigerian man whom he, Terry, gave his own share of the money, which he wanted to invest in the hotel.
Sadashiva met with the second unidentified Nigerian who asked him to first release his own share of the investment before his partner, Terry will release his.
Sadashiva did and after releasing the money, the phones of the Nigerian men were switched off.
Suspecting he’d been duped, Sadashiva reported the case to the Indian Police, who after investigations, arrested the fraudsters and their accomplices.