STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 5 July
A 33-year-old Nigerian, Ede Confident Uche, a resident of Festac Town, Lagos, was arrested for his alleged involvement in the Black Dollar scam from Hotel Pallavi, Paharganj, in east Delhi yesterday.
Police also recovered five bundles of black dollars, two chemical bottles, two mobile phones and Rs 70,000 in cash from him.
Police said, NIA ( National Investigation Agency) informed that one Benjamin Franklin, who is involved in dubious trade of fake currency, would come to Hotel Pallavi, Paharganj to deliver a consignment of fake currency.
Based on the information, the accused, Ede Confident Uche, was apprehended outside Hotel Pallavi.
He revealed that he had cheated one Husain, a resident of Buldhana, Maharashtra, of Rs. 70,000 on the pretext of supplying Black Dollars.
The accused had delivered four packets of raw dollar and two chemical bottles to Husain in the hotel assuring that by cleaning the black dollars with the help of a chemical.
A case of cheating has been registered against Uche on Hussain’s complaint.
The accused was not having a passport for his stay in India, hence, he was also booked under Foreigners Act.
Additional commissioner of police (crime) Ravinder Kumar Yadav said, Ede had come to India in March, 2013 on a one year “Business Visa”. He also had come to India in 2005 on a tourist visa and till date, he has visited India four times in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2013 on Tourist and Business Visas.
In 2013, he came in contact with other Nigerian nationals in India who are indulging in “Lottery and black dollar frauds and cheating innocent Indians” Yadav said.
He befriended one Benjamin Franklin, another Nigerian. Benjamin has a website, http://www.ssduniversalcompanylimited.com, to cheat innocent people.
Through this website, he used to lure people assuring that when he clean the black dollars with the help of the chemical, it would become dollars.
Yadav said, investigation is on. Efforts are being made to nab Franklin.