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The police in Abuja have arrested three suspected fraudsters, who held a businessman hostage at Durumi, Area One, seized his property documents and forced him to sign a Diamond bank cheque for N8,050,000.The gang also cashed three additional cheques totalling N450,000 from the bank account of their victim before their operation was foiled by the police, who responded to a distress call from residents.
Asked how he got the pump action rifle and the handcuffs he used to subdue Efulu, Emeka said he bought it from a friend, a policeman.
He said, “I didn’t plan to hurt him, if I had any evil intention, I wouldn’t have invited him to my house. I paid him $303,000 for the property and he gave the money to his agent, one Mr. Joshua who went out to a bureau de change operator to check whether it’s genuine, but the mistake I made was using the handcuffs on him.”
Maranatha, who described himself as a security consultant, stated that Emeka directed them to put the handcuffs on Efulu because he was owing him, adding that he promised to release him once he settled the debt.
“He invited us to his house and told us that we would help him to put handcuffs on a man who was owing him, so when we got to his house, he asked us to wait in the children’s room; he later asked us to hold down the man and we handcuffed his hands and chained his legs,” he admitted.
The suspect stated that Emeka directed them to cash four cheques, but they could only cash three for N450,000.
The third suspect, Jimoh, corroborated Maranatha, adding that they were arrested by the police as they were coming back from the bank with the money.