Men the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Lagos Zonal office have arrested a father of an internet fraudster (Yahoo boy), Isa Bola Bakare, for claiming ownership of his son’s N46 million Range Rover Sport SUV.
He was however arrested after he was unable to provide details of how he came about the vehicle already impounded by the EFCC.
The father on Wednesday was arrested as an accomplice and beneficiary of the proceed from the crime when he went to the graft agency’s office, where the boy was being investigated for the offence.
His son, Malik, had earlier been arrested by officers of the Force CID, Alagbon, over cases of conspiracy, computer-related fraud, obtaining by false pretense and retention of proceeds of unlawful activities and then handed over to the EFCC for further investigation.
According to a statement by posted on the EFCC Facebook wall and website, Iphone 12 Pro Max, Iphone 8 and some incriminating items were recovered from the father and son.
Saying the father and son will soon be charged to court after the conclusion of investigation, the state read in part: “The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lagos Zonal Office, have commenced investigation into a case of conspiracy, computer-related fraud, obtaining by false pretence and retention of proceeds of unlawful activities levelled against one Malik Bakare.
“He was arrested by officers of the Nigeria Police, Force CID, Alagbon, Lagos, and subsequently handed over to the EFCC for further investigation and prosecution.
“Investigations revealed that he acts as a middleman who connects internet fraudsters around the globe with pickers, and receives some percentage on every successful transaction from the proceeds of unlawful activities.
“During the investigation, his father, Isa Bola Bakare, appeared at the commission claiming ownership of a Range Rover SUV estimated at N46 Million, which was recovered from his son.
“He, however, could not provide a satisfactory account of how he was able to procure the vehicle. Consequently, he has also been taken into the EFCC custody for further investigation.
“Also recovered from the suspects are Iphone 12 Pro Max, Iphone 8 as well as some incriminating items. The suspects will soon be charged to court.”