A banker, Bamise Ajetunmobi, and his wife, Elizabeth, have reportedly fled Nigeria to the United Kingdom after allegedly duping a prominent bank, new generation church, two investment platforms and an unknown number of Nigerians of over N25 billion in shady schemes.
The churches include Daystar Christian Centre, Ikeja and Elevation Church, Lekki, both in Lagos while the financial institutions include two online investment platforms, Piggy Vest and Afrinvest as well as a top tier bank.
Ajetunmobi and his wife had touted themselves as the directors of Imagine Global Solutions Limited.
They claimed to be operating in 350 markets across Africa, lending money to the poor and working towards eradicating poverty on the continent.
They allegedly duped the top tier bank and a popular investment platform of over N2bn while a new generation church in Lekki, Lagos lost N500m to them.
•Screenshot of Bamise Ajetunmobi’s LinkedIn work experience profile
The suspected fraudsters reportedly bought a house on upscale Banana Island in Lagos and relocated with their two children to UK when the lid was blown on their alleged scams.
They are believed to have bought citizenships of South American country, Antigua and Barbuda.
A WhatsApp group opened by Nigerian victims is said to be filing up with different complaints even as efforts are being made to apprehend them through the International Criminal Police.
A visit to their website – ImagineIenders.com – showed that the domain name had expired.
An August 9, 2021 story on the organisation by a leading online financial solutions website, nairametrics.com, had been pulled down as at Monday morning.
An online news portal, Gatekeepers News, said it should efforts to obtain comments from two of the churches failed as their officials declined to respond.
Piggy Vest said on Twitter that its depositors funds were safe.
There was no comment from Afrinvest or the bank.
When our correspondent contacted the spokesman for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, on the tekey, he asked for time to get information on the matter.
He advised alleged victims to file a petition with the commission’s Lagos office and give it one month to respond.