Wanted Fraud Suspect,MBA Apprehended After Evading Authorities for 4 Years

Wanted Fraud Suspect,MBA Apprehended After Evading Authorities for 4 Years

The Rivers State Police Command has successfully captured Joel MBA Okodi, a notorious suspect wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the past four years. The arrest follows Okodi’s alleged involvement in a ₦50 million fraud case.

Joel MBA Okodi, popularly known as ‘Chief,’ was residing at No. 21, Abak Road, Ikot-Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Identified as a Director at Chismo Resources Limited in Ikot-Ekpene, Okodi deceived Chief Okosisi into parting with ₦50 million, leading to his subsequent arrest by the EFCC.

During the investigation, Okodi persuaded his friend, Mr. Ochulor Okeokwu, to stand as a surety by submitting property documents valued at ₦50 million at the EFCC Office in Port Harcourt. However, Okodi failed to comply with the investigation and resorted to violent threats against Mr. Okeokwu whenever contacted.

Frustrated by the threats, Mr. Okeokwu lodged a petition with the Inspector General of Police, subsequently approved by Commissioner of Police Olatunji Rilwan Disu. Taking swift action, CP Disu instructed Operation Sting operatives to apprehend the suspect.

After a comprehensive investigation, it was revealed that Okodi had been hiding in Ajegunle, Apapa, Lagos, evading authorities throughout the years. On January 18, 2024, at approximately 20:34 hrs, officers successfully arrested Okodi, demonstrating that there is no refuge for criminals.

The case is now in the hands of the EFCC, emphasizing the collaborative efforts between law enforcement agencies to bring perpetrators to justice. Commissioner of Police Olatunji Disu warns individuals against acting as sureties without due caution, emphasizing that criminals will find no sanctuary within the state.

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