The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, on Tuesday arrested two men who defrauded unsuspecting applicants of the ongoing NAF Recruitment Exercise – 2016.
The suspects, Endurance Ehichoya and David Answer Eghosa (Accomplice), both 21 and students of Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Edo State, were arrested by NAF Intelligence operatives with the assistance of Zenith Bank officials.
According to reports, their arrest followed a message posted on Facebook by Ehichoya, believed to be the principal suspect on 25 June.
He had requested applicants to contact the Air Secretary, AVM CN Chukwu, through the GSM Number 08145038139 for enlistment assistance into the NAF.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, DoPRI, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, who paraded the suspects before newsmen at the NAF Headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday said two of the Facebook accounts operated by Endurance to commit fraud online are Bridget Ehichoya Violet which he later renamed Ella Jonny Frosh, and Creflo A Dollar.
naf scam2 He said a victim contacted the prime suspect on the said phone number and he requested the caller to pay the sum of N75, 000 into his Savings Account (Account No: 6231232675) with Fidelity Bank, however, the caller, wanting to retrieve as much information as possible to track down the suspect, had requested that he be provided another bank account on the ground that there is no Fidelity Bank around his area.
Famuyiwa noted that he made Ehichoya to drop the details of his friend, David Eghosa’s bank account with Zenith Bank (Account No: 2111200283).
“The NAF, working with the officials of Zenith Bank, deployed security operatives from 81 Air Maritime Group Benin to Ekpoma to arrest David Eghosa who was subsequently flown to Abuja for further investigation.
“Realizing that Eghosa had been arrested, his relations got the Police to arrest Ehichoya and handed him over to the NAF.
“He also was flown to Abuja by the NAF for further investigation.naf scam3
“Both suspects confessed to operating multiple bank accounts, David Eghosa confirmed he knows his friend, Endurance Ehichoya, is a serial scammer, indulging in recruitment and local online dating scam using ladies’ names and photographs to defraud men online.
“The suspects have been handed over to the civil police for further investigation with a view to identifying and arresting other members of the gang,” the NAF official added, noting that the online recruitment message also contained the photograph of the Air Secretary to lure their would-be clients into believing that the scam is real.