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Prison chiefs who aided Nigerian convict pull off $1m scam arrested

Prison chiefs who aided Nigerian convict pull off $1m scam arrested


Nigeria’s economic crimes outfit, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC; has arrested two heads of the country’s main prison facility, the Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Center located in the commercial city of Lagos.

The duo are Deputy Controllers of Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Centre, Emmanuel Oluwaniyi, and Hemeson Edwin.

They are in detention for allegedly procuring an exaggerated medical report for a suspected Internet fraudster, Olusegun Aroke, local media portal, the PUNCH reported.

Aroke, used a medical excuse that took him outside of the penitentiary to pull off a $1 million scam despite serving a 24-year jail term.

Reports at the time alluded to the fact that Adoke had undertaken the heist with the complicity of prison officials. The EFCC confirmed that its preliminary investigation revealed that Adoke clandestinely had access to Internet and mobile phone in the correctional centre.

The EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement on Tuesday, explained that Oluwaniyi and his accomplice, Edwin, who was in charge of the clinic in the correctional centre, were arrested on Monday by operatives of the commission.

The suspects were said to have given useful information about their alleged involvement in the crime.

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