Ibadan – AN undergraduate of the University of Ibadan, Orowo Jesse Omokoh, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly obtaining $90,000 from one Mrs Jette Jacob in a romance scam.
The 28-year-old suspect allegedly met Jacob on a dating site and struck a romantic affair that necessitated him moving to Johannesburg in 2013 to link up with his lover. Mrs Jacob is believed to be an Australian, based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Omokoh allegedly arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa, on February 4, 2013, to meet with Jacob who had been in Johannesburg since November 2012.
A statement signed by the Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, stated in a press release that “five days after Omokoh arrived and took up residence with her, Jacob was found dead in her apartment with some of her valuables missing. After the incident, Omokoh reportedly fled South Africa and returned to Nigeria.
“The South African police, which is investigating the mysterious death, are suspicious that Omokoh has a hand in the demise of Jacob. On March 15, 2013, the EFCC received a petition from Richard Stanford of Australian Federal Police, asking for help to track Omokoh, alleging that the Nigerian defrauded Jacob to the tune of $90,000 in a dating scam.”
The commission reportedly swung into action almost immediately, but the suspected fraudster had been elusive until a few days ago when he was nabbed.
The suspect would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is completed.