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Nigerian who swindled Indian arrested in Ghana

world Updated: Mar 17, 2011 15:13 IST
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A Nigerian who defrauded an Indian education advisor of $22,300 under the pretext of securing a Canadian visa for him has been arrested.

"Kingsley Emmanuel Atuegwu Ekena, after taking money, was able to lure Jaswinder Singh, from Punjab, India to Ghana to collect the visa to enable him travel to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the US, among others," Superintendent of Police Felix Mawusi told newsmen.

Ekena was arrested by the Commercial Crime Unit of the Ghana Police Service in the capital.

Ekena met Jaswinder Singh on the internet and through several exchanges of correspondence gave the impression that he had assisted several people from other countries with visas to travel to places of their choice.

"Singh expressed interest and Ekena demanded $17,000 as the cost of a Canadian visa per person and directed Singh to send his passport to his business partner who was based in Punjab, India. He did as he was told and handed over the passport of one of his relatives, Sekhom Jagraj Singh, to Ekena's business partner."

Mawusi said that after paying the initial amount of $17,000, Jaswinder Singh was again directed to pay a second fee of $17,000 to the same man which he did.

"The suspect scanned and forwarded through the internet a forged Canadian visa No. B937822884... in the name of Sekhom Jagraj Singh to the complainant."

On Feb 27, 2011, Jaswinder Singh arrived in Ghana and the suspect along with another person picked him from the Kotoka International Airport in Accra and booked him into a hotel.

"After checking the complainant into the hotel, the suspect demanded and collected $3,500 from the complainant as his commission on the forged visa in the name of Sekhom Jagraj Singh.

"As if this was not enough, the suspect also took the complainant's Dell laptop, valued at $1,000, under the pretext of installing an internet modem on it for him and then left the complainant stranded in the hotel as he never returned," Mawusi added.

He said that Ekena then started sending false text messages to Jaswinder Singh alleging that he had been arrested and needed more money for his release.

Jaswinder Singh then realised that he had been swindled and reported the matter to the police who arrested Ekena.