Internet Dating: Police Arrest Man For Defrauding US Lover Of N56m


The Police Special Fraud Unit, SFU, has arrested a
29-year-old man for allegedly operating an internet fraud syndicate that
specializes in defrauding unsuspecting wealthy foreign women who are in dire
need of husbands.

Henry Ogu, and his accomplice, Yunusa Okonkwo, 42, were
arrested after defrauding a New Jersey lady of US$350,000 (about N56 million)
via an internet dating site.
In a statement on Wednesday, the SFU said that it received
an e-mailed petition from a U.S. citizen, whom it did not name, sometime in
April 2013. The petitioner alleged that she met Mr. Ogu on a dating site.
According to the petition, the couple started a relationship
which lasted for months until the Mr. Ogu allegedly manipulated and made the
lady to believe that he was in trouble in Nigeria and needed some financial
“She further stated that she sent the sum of $350,000.00 US
Dollar to the two account numbers provided by the suspect,” the police said in
the statement signed by Ngozi Isintume-Agu, Police Public Relations Officer,
“The account numbers belonged to Faneece Business Services
International, owned by Mr. Okonkwo of No. A1 Giwa Road, U/Muazu Kaduna where
he was subsequently arrested. His arrest led to the arrest of the principal
suspect, Henry Chinedu Ogu.”
Mr. Okonkwo, a native of Amuri Nkanu West local council of
Enugu State, is a patent medicine dealer who runs a Bureau De Change.
He confessed that he is the account holder of Faneece
Business Services International, according to the police, and admitted that he
provided his two bank accounts for the transactions.
“He also stated that the 2nd suspect, Henry, provided him
with his account number where he transferred the money after converting it to
Naira. The account detail is … with account name Raydeus Synergy Nigeria
Limited. He also added that he always deduct his commission of N2.00 per Dollar
before paying in the money,” said the police.
“Henry Chinedu Ogu, from Amafor – Ishingwa Umuahia, Abia
State, claimed to be one of the Directors of a company called Raydeus Synergy
Nigeria Limited. He confessed to the alleged crime that he sent the account
details of the 1st suspect to the victim who in turn paid the sum of
$295,000.00 Dollars into the account which the 1st suspect Yunusa converted to
Naira before paying into his Diamond Bank.
“He corroborated the Complainant’s statement that they met
on a dating site last year January 2013 and started communicating and
exchanging e-mails.
“He also confessed that he deceived the victim into
believing that he wanted to marry her but was stranded in Nigeria and needed
financial assistance. He further admitted that he had spent all the money, that
he used N9million to purchase a heavy duty generating plant which the Police
had recovered.
“Also he purchased a plot of land for N800,000.00 along
Lagos – Ibadan Expressway. The cash sum of N2million was also recovered from
The police said that investigation has continued and the
suspect would be charged to court soon.
“The Commissioner of Police, SFU, CP Umar Farouk Idris uses
this medium to reassure the public of the Unit’s commitment to fight internet
fraudsters and advises that such cases should be promptly reported through the
Unit e-mail addresses:,” the police added.


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