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Nigerian man arrested in Ethiopia over bank fraud worth more than $US 110 mln

Five Ethiopians who allegedly worked with the Nigerian man, to facilitate the fraud, are reportedly arrested

Ethiopian Intelligence _ Nigerian man

May 10, 2020

On Sunday, Ethiopian intelligence claims that it has foiled banking fraud worth over $US 110 million. The attempt was made using an unspecified international money transfer system.

According to state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC), the suspects allegedly coordinated to withdraw money from the Bank account of Mr. Neil Charles – who is said to reside in California. Based on the narrative from the intelligence department, as reported by FBC, the suspects tried to withdraw money from the Finefine branch of Commercial Bank of Ethiopia pretending as if Mr. Neil Charles authorized payout for the stated amount.

The Nigerian man who allegedly coordinated the crimes is identified as Adeymi Aderemi Abdulrafiu. He has been living in a guest house in the Bole area of Addis Ababa for more than a year. According to intelligence officials, the suspect was networking for and coordinating the fraud during his stay in the country.

Ethiopian intelligence was following up on the suspect during these times. He and his collaborators were caught inside the bank as they tried to withdraw the first round of funds in the amount of nearly 61 million Ethiopian birr.

He recruited Ethiopians with IT expertise and experience in the sector. According to the FBC report, five Ethiopians are arrested along with the Nigerian man. Their identities are undisclosed.

Addis Ababa police and Commercial Bank of Ethiopia authorities cooperated with the intelligence department to foil the crime.

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  1. As far as I know long time ago Lidetu Ayalew , Engineer Yilkal Getnet and alike suggested to postpone the election earlier on last year with the government denying their request because the Ethiopian government Prosperity Party TPLF were not enforcing the law in the country for the past two years , foreigners had entertained better peaceful life in Ethiopia than Ethiopians themselves did in the past two years only because that’s what the federal go – vernment insured. The go – vernment did not make it possible for the Ethiopian people to move around the country in peace.

    In my opinion during the last two years if the Federal Prosperity Party enforced the law allover Ethiopia to the best of their ability for Ethiopian people to move around the country in peace Lidetu and alike would not have asked for the extension of the election as they did early on last year . But peace was and is not there even though PP didn’t want to admit that it failed to insure peace. Actually PP let roads get blocked so other parties donot hold campaigns and only PP holds campaigns and Tigrai did similar injustices so only TPLF holds campaigns in Tigrai. Now it is clear for most that Without a transitional government it is the same thing that will continue to happen even after Covid-19 while the election is extended , it is vital to form a transitional government now , that will make it possible for all people voices to get value unlike the last two years where the go –
    vernment didn’t do jobs that must have been done to insure safety and protection to all Ethiopians . Basically in the last two years Ethiopia did not have a government we just had a ” Go ” without the “vernment” that’s why we need a transitional government now because the “Go” is not qualified to lead Ethiopia whether in this time of Covid-19 or in time of non-Covid-19 times. Currently foreign refugees in UN refugee camps within Ethiopia have a better Human Development Index (HDI) rank than Ethiopians in Ethiopia just because Ethiopia was being led by a “Go” lacking the “vernment” for the last two whole years.


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