…source reveals that petition is weighty as Idahosa faces arrest
…Edo APC, National Assembly leadership jittery
After several silent protests by well meaning Edo people against the criminal activities of Hon. Dennis Idahosa, the member representing Ovia South West/North East Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, a weighty petition on Idahosa’s criminal activities is currently being studied by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Department of State Services (DSS) and operatives of Interpol.
A source who is monitoring the development, said Idahosa is accused of running an advance fee scam (popularly called yahoo yahoo) network, with agents in several countries of the world.
The news has sent jitters down the spines of leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party which saw Hon. Idahosa to the House of Representatives and the National Assembly leadership.
The source said Idahosa faces arrest in the coming days over a series of online scams running into millions of dollars, with which he has built an empire, with thousands of young internet scammers.
Recall that Hon. Idahosa was removed as commissioner under former governor Adams Oshiomhole when news of his criminal activities filtered into government house in Benin City.
He is said to be running an extensive crime ring involving members of his immediate family and friends. When he was declared winner of the House of Representatives election last year, his partners in crime organised a grand party characterized by orgies, expensive drinks and food in Benin City.
In October 2018, the Canadian police arrested two of Hon. Idahosa’s brothers, Pius and Otis, who continuously participated in a scheme to defraud individuals and businesses using stolen and altered business cheques, reported ModernGhana.com
His brothers, Pius Idahosa, 48 of Vaughan and Otis Idahosa 54 of Toronto were both arrested in investigation project dubbed “Under”.
“They were both charged with two counts of defrauding the public – over $5000, six counts of used forged documents, possession of instruments of forgery, forged documents, possession of property obtained by crime and proceeds obtained by crime-under $5000.
“The Toronto Police Service said, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police [RCMP], the competition Bureau of Canada, the Ontario Ministry of government and Consumer Services, the Ontario Ministry of Finance, the U.S.A Federal Trade Commission, and the U.S.A. Postal Inspection Service through a strategic partnership conducted the investigation that led to the arrest of the fraudsters.
“According to the Toronto Police Service, in July 2018, officers assigned to the strategic partnership commenced an investigation dubbed “Project Under” when it was alleged that the two men defrauded individuals and businesses with stolen and altered cheques.
“It disclosed that people were contacted by men posing as legitimate customers seeking services that required disbursement of funds.
“Accordingly, people would be informed the cheques were forgeries and were held responsible for cases as many of the victims targeted were American lawyers providing services,” the report said.
The house of Igbinedion, sources said is monitoring the development as Hon. Omosede Igbinedion who lost her seat in the National Assembly to Hon. Idahosa, told her friends that she has been vindicated by news of Idahosa’s criminal activities.