Monkey Business: How Enugu politician ‘disappeared’ with Lagos businessman’s N61m



Monkey Business –
Doubt, disbelief and anger are words a business mogul (name withheld) in Lekki, Lagos State wouldn’t want to be associated with but has unfortunately found around him after his earnest desire to help a native of his community in Enugu State, Okechukwu Oleka, ended in the loss of over N61 million.
Okechukwu had presented himself as not just a forex dealer but owner of a microfinance bank in Lagos.
Okechukwu had on several visits to the office of the entrepreneur pleaded that he could help him to secure forex given the nature of the former’s business. Sometime in August, 2022, a meeting was held in Lagos, where the entrepreneur mentioned his need for about USD100,000.

Okechukwu provided details of his bank details at a microfinance bank, with the assurance that once the Naira equivalent was transferred, he would provide the dollars.
On confirmation of the status of the account from his account officer, the Naira equivalent was wired to the account as agreed. Okechukwu confirmed receipt and promised to provide the dollars.

However, after one month, he has not only failed to provide the dollars but also become evasive.

He left calls from the entrepreneur unanswered for days. The only time he responded to one of such calls, he provided an address for the collection of the dollars, but which turned out to be a short let apartment. Investigation has so far revealed his alleged associates include Pastors Dan Onuoha of National Evangelical Outreach, Enugu and Joseph Atani of Dominion City located in Okechukwu’s hometown in Enugu State.

They were allegedly involved in the movement of the money.

Further investigation also reveal Okechukwu Oleka is a governorship hopeful on the platform of a fringe political party in Enugu State, with posters littering the streets.

“This is suspicious and suggest that everything about his profile is shrouded in mystery. Having defrauded the entrepreneur, he has since remained evasive,” a source connected to the matter said.

When our correspondent contacted the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police Force on the matter, a source said the two pastors were in detention.
The clerics allegedly used a church account to receive the money, the source stated, adding that some people on the pastors’ side were desirous of aiding the apprehension of the prime suspect.

When calls were made to Okechukwu’s line, he picked only twice and said he wasn’t the one being sought by the police. Subsequently, calls to his line rang out.

A text message sent to his line reads: “Good evening Sir. I am a journalist based in Enugu, investigating a story where you were allegedly fingered as the brain behind a fraud that amounts to N61 million. Would like to have your response in this regard. We would assume that your silence is a response if you fail to reply this message detailing your involvement or otherwise in this matter. Thanks in anticipation of prompt response.”


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