* Fake pockets N250,000 debt recovered for his ‘client’
By Gladys Nweke
A Mobile Policeman committed offences and was dsmissed after Orderly Room Trial. Not to worry, he commissioned himself into an operative with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) where he committed even bigger offences. Now, a Port Harcourt High Court has sentenced him to 12 months imprisonment. He is also to vomit the N250,000 that put him in trouble.
Justice Turaki Mohammed of the Federal Hgh Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has just thrown into jail for 12 months one David Nimdu, a fake who calimed to work with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The Commission had arrested Nimdu and put him on trial.
The convict was arraigned on a one-count charge bordering on obtaining the sum of N250,000 under false pretence from a petitioner who said Nimbu claimed to be working with the EFCC.
Under pressure during trial, Nimbu caved in and requested for plea-bargain. He pleaded “guilty” and was sentenced to one-year. He was also ordered to make restitution of the money involved in the scam.
Nimdu’s ordeal began when he struck an agreement with a petitioner to assist in the recovery of a loan of N15.3m owed by a banker, Patience Amaewhule, in Port Harcourt.The banker allegedly obtained the loan from the petitioner and promised to pay back in 120 days.
However, she failed to keep faith with the promise and Nimdu came on the scene to assist in the recovery of the loan.
To demonstrate to the petitioner that he was indeed an EFCC’s Staff, the court heard, Nimdu went with the petitioner to Amaewhule’s office to arrest her. He even recorded a statement made by the banker and collected her house’s documents.
He ordered the banker to commence the repayment of the loan to the petitioner and directed her to pay an initial sum of N250,000 into his (Nimdu’s) bank account, promising that the money would be payed into EFCC’s loan recovery account.
The petitioner later found out that Nimdu was an imposter and reported him to the Commission.
Investigations by the EFCC, according to court proceedings, showed that Nimdu was a Mobile Policeman dismissed in 2012 after an Orderly Room Trial occasioned by allegations of corrupt practices for which he was found guilty.
Before being dismissed from the Nigeria Police, he worked as a seconded staff to the EFCC and had since been disengaged from the Commission.
Nimdu was also found to have sent several text messages to different individuals claiming to be an EFCC’s operative from the Abuja office.