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Breaking News: Assembly Candidate Arrested With N326m, $610,500 Cash

A candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) contesting for the Kogi State House of Assembly, Ismaila Atumeyi has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Press Nigeria learnt that Atumeyi was arrested with the sum of N326 million and $140,500 cash.

Atumeyi, ahead of the 2023 election, is seeking to represent Ankpa 11 Constituency in the Kogi State House of Assembly.

According to Punch, Atumeyi was arrested on Sunday alongside one Joshua Dominic, an alleged serial fraudster, in a sting operation at Macedonia Street, Queens Estate, Karsana, Gwarinpa, Abuja.

A former bank employee, Abdumalik Femi who allegedly supplied the inside information that facilitated the attack on the bank by the syndicate was also arrested.

The EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed that Femi was arrested today (Tuesday) at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lagos.

Uwujaren said, “Following his arrest, a search was conducted on his home in Morgan Estate, Ojodu where a total of $470,000 USD was recovered.

“The arrest of the suspects followed months of investigation into the hacking of one of the commercial banks by a syndicate of fraudsters who pulled off a heist of N1.4billion.”

The syndicate allegedly moved N887 million into the account of Fav Oil and Gas Limited, from where the monies were paid to several Bureau de Change operators and some auto dealers for exchange into United States dollars and purchase of high-end cars.

Dominic, who has severally been arrested for fraud, allegedly helped Atumeyi perfect the hacking plan through Abdumalik.

Dominic, a self-styled investment expert and Managing Director of Brisk Capital Limited was arrested in May 2021 by the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police for an alleged N2 billion investment scam. He allegedly defrauded over 500 persons in a phony investment scheme.

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Two Range Rover Luxury SUVs were also recovered from the two suspects arrested in Abuja.

Uwujaren noted that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.



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