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EFCC arrests pilot over N1B fraud

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The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has apprehended Captain Nuhu Haruna over an alleged criminal breach of trust involving the sum of N1,020,000,000.

The arrest was confirmed by the EFCC spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, in a statement released on Tuesday evening.

The arrest follows a petition in which the complainant claimed to have been introduced to Captain Nuhu Haruna in December 2023 for a foreign exchange transaction amounting to N1,020,000.00.

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The petitioner alleged that he paid the money into Haruna’s account with the expectation of receiving its equivalent in dollars.

However, he discovered that the evidence of payment provided by the suspect was false, as he never received the promised dollar equivalent.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Captain Nuhu Haruna, who identified himself as an airline captain, allegedly diverted the funds for personal use.

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He reportedly used the money to acquire properties and vehicles, intending to use them for the startup of his purported airline company, Air Unity Aviation Services.

The suspect allegedly purchased a house valued at N155 million, another property worth N350 million, three 18-seater Toyota Hiace buses bearing the logo of Air Unity Aviation Services, and four exotic cars.

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Oyewale stated, “He [Haruna] would be charged to court after investigations.”

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