Arrest and Allegations
The Nigerian Police, operating through its Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCID) in Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos State, has recently apprehended Oyeabuchi Daniel Okafor and Jasmine Chioma Okekeagwu.
The charges against them involve a conspiracy to defraud John Ikechukwu Okafor, also known as Mr. Ibu, of a substantial sum.
Petition and Investigation
The arrest follows a petition submitted by Diamond Waves Law on behalf of Stella Maris Chinyere Okafor, the actor’s wife.
The FCID, in a press release, disclosed that the petition accused two sons of Mr. Ibu, along with his adopted daughter, Jasmine, of conspiring to defraud their father.
The investigation revealed that the alleged fraudulent activities occurred while Mr. Ibu was on sick bed.
Manipulation and Financial Deception
According to the Police statement, Mr. Ibu, in an effort to fund his medical bills, had launched a public fundraising initiative.
Donations were collected from fans, industry players, and the public into a dedicated bank account.
The accused, Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor and Jasmine Chioma Okekeagwu, allegedly manipulated Mr. Ibu’s wife, took control of his phone, and gained unauthorized access to his banking details.
Fraudulent Transfers and Sham Marriage
The FCID Spokesperson, ASP Mayegun Aminat, detailed how the accused reinstalled the banking app on Mr. Ibu’s phone and transferred N55 million from the public donations intended for the actor’s medical expenses.
The Police also revealed that the duo orchestrated a sham marriage and applied for visas to leave the country, planning to settle in the UK with the ill-gotten funds.
Recovery and Legal Proceedings
A sum of N50 million has been recovered from the suspects, and both individuals have been charged at the Chief Magistrate Court 1, Yaba, under charges of conspiracy and stealing.
The FCID stated that Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor and Jasmine Chioma Okekeagwu have been granted bail in the sum of =N= 15 million with two sureties each in like sum.
The case has been adjourned to March 11, 2024, with the file forwarded to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution for legal advice.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn