Dennison Onwuka, a 35 year old fraudster, has been arrested by members of the State Security Services for fraudulent activities.
The man who posed as a legitimate businessman and agent of Mike Adenuga photoshopped himself into several pictures with President Jonathan and Alhaji Aliko Dangote in order to fool people into believing he was a member of ‘the cabal’ as it were.
His reign of scamming came to an end when he met up with a a Dubai-based businessman, Livinus Yakubu.
According to Ben Achu-Olayi, the Director, SSS, Lagos, Onwuka met with Yakubu in Dubai before and discussed business proposals but later deviated from the deal and brought up a business of authenticating fake dollars.
Sensing a fraud, Yakubu contacted the SSS, who instructed him to play along whilst they put the Onwuka under surveillance.
Achu-Olayi said, “On January 5, 2013, Yakubu reported that Onwuka, a purported agent of Adenuga, planned to invest $7m in real estate. Onwuka, having met Yakubu in Dubai recently, invited Yakubu to Nigeria to participate in the business transaction. Instead of proceeding with the business, Onwuka introduced the issue of having $3.5m which was stamped all over.
“He told Yakubu that he needed $30,000 to purchase chemicals to wash the money which would erase all the stamps and the money would be spendable.”
“Under close surveillance at Camelot Hotel, Victoria Island, where Onwuka was scheduled to collect the $30,000, the suspect was arrested with fake money to the tune of $1.5m”, the SSS boss said.
The SSS director said, “Investigation has revealed that Onwuka is an international fraudster who specialized in the act of forging signatures of top government officials. Also, he engages in superimposing his photograph on that of dignitaries to portray himself to be a member of the inner-caucus of President Jonathan as well as a close ally of prominent business moguls in the country.”