ISLAMABAD: A Nigerian citizen, Lamido Ogbeh, was arrested Sunday by Kohsar police for allegedly defrauding a Pakistani man of Rs35 million in Islamabad.
The police arrested the suspect after the victim lodged a complaint against him on Saturday.
According to the victim’s statement to the police, the suspect while impersonating a British national telephoned him from a UK number and offered to help him. The suspect told the victim to deposit the amount in a bank account so that his shipment from the UK could be cleared and delivered to him.
Muhammad Arif, the victim, said he deposited the amount in the given bank account. The cash was withdrawn by a man named Asif from a bank in Islamabad’s F-7 area.
When no shipment was delivered, the victim contacted the account holder, Asif, who told him that he withdrew the amount and handed it over to a foreigner named Joseph.
The police tracked down the said foreigner who was identified as Ogbeh, a Nigerian national living in Pakistan on a business visa.
The supposed victim maintained in his complaint that Ogbeh also uses several other bank accounts maintained by Asif Masih, Saqib Masih, and Ashfaq Masih.
Police suspected that the accused might have defrauded other people as well.