The Nigerian government agency in charge of food and other products certification, registration, controlling and regulating, the NAFDAC (The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control) informed the general public that the agency has arrested international gangsters of a fraud syndicate who specialised in the documentation, importation and impersonation of forgery documents of NAFDAC and other relevant government’s agencies accreditation numbers, certificates documents and importing foreign countries forged documents into the country.
NAFDAC’s Head of Investigation and Enforcement, Mr. Kingsley Ejiofor represented the Acting Director-General of NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday 28th February, 2017 that the agency received complaints from three countries about impersonation and forgery scam perpetrated by some Nigerians.
Mr. Kingsley Ejiofor said that a petition were received from the Embassy High Commission of Nigeria in New Delhi, India on behalf of a firm called Bharti Phosphates, a German manufacturer of pet food supplement, who wanted to confirm whether the company should pay huge amount of money to a company in Nigeria named Samjoe Ventures for the certificate, registration and shipment of 5,000 metric tonnes of calcium carbonate into Nigeria.
Based on the request, NAFDAC (The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control) conducted verification of the request and discovery was made after the agency investigated the complaints from three countries about some Nigerians who impersonated as employees of NAFDAC (The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control) to process registration documents for intending importers of regulated products to process NAFDAC registration documents for intending importers of regulated products.
NAFDAC (The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control) investigation reviewed that impersonation and criminal fraud was executed by an alleged international criminal gang by Mr. Eze Okoronkwo, a Nigerian from Abia State.
NAFDAC (The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control) arrested some of the gangs and documents recovered from the suspects were certificate of registration bearing forged signature of the Acting Director-General of NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni; documents from government agencies, including the Certificate of company incorporation from the (CAC) Corporate Affairs Commission in charged of incorporation of business names and company, tax payment receipt (with payment in US dollars) from the Federal Inland Revenue Service in charge of tax matter in Nigeria, Sworn Affidavit of Support for NAFDAC registration, Sworn Power of Attorney Ministry of Justice and Federal High Court documents; as well as a payment verification form from a non-existent Barclays Bank in Lagos State.
“This professional criminal group is an international gang headed by a Nigerian, Mr Eze Okoronkwo. The other Nigerian collaborators are Ndukwe Darlington Ukonu, Nwabugo Okoro, Ohanaokwu Chinonye and one Mr Smart who resides in India. Their Indian collaborators are Miss Kokula Hongva, Hoi Ching Suamtak, Tongso M. Anal and Aneng Mate.
The gangs enjoys membership from other countries, whose nationals allegedly abet, aids, facilitates the smooth collaboration, and acted as brokers to the international fraudsters are the Tunisia, Philippines, El-Salvador, United States, Canada, Mauritania, Denmark, Mexico, Greece, Switzerland, Indonesia and the Republic of South Korea. The gang had collected the sum of $13,640, while there were plans to collect a further sum of $57,720.”
NAFDAC’s Head of Investigation and Enforcement, Mr. Kingsley Ejiofor represented the Acting Director-General of NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni added that the group sourced for brokers with dollar or euro account with a promise that the broker would be entitled to 30 per cent or 40 per cent of the proceeds of the venture.
“They contact the companies thereafter through their known websites, E.g. European Union Distributors website). The victim is then gradually fleeced, while being presented with fake documents,” she added.
NAFDAC’s Head of Investigation and Enforcement, Mr. Kingsley Ejiofor represented the Acting Director-General of NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni disclosed to the public that all arrested suspect’s matter would be immediately transferred to the department of Special Fraud Unit of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in charge of prosecution of fraud matter.