How Mr Ibu’s sons allegedly hacked his bank account to steal ₦55m

… Police nab suspects, recover ₦50m


CITIZENS COMPASS —Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Alagbon Annex, Ikoyi, Lagos State, has arrested Oyeabuchi Daniel Okafor and Jasmine Chioma Okekeagwu for conspiring to steal the sum of N55m from the fundraising account of their father, the popular actor, Mr. John Ikechukwu Okafor popularly known as Mr Ibu. 

Both have been charged for alleged conspiracy and fraud. 

ASP Mayegun Aminat, spokesperson, FCID Annex, Alagbon, in a statement on Thursday, January 25, 2024, narrated how the suspects were arrested. 

She said the matter was dated back to September 6, 2023 when the Annex received a petition

“On 6th September, 2023, a petition was received from Diamond Waves Law on behalf of Stella Maris Chinyere Okafor wherein one Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor, Valentine Okafor, both of whom are sons of Mr. John Ikechukwu Okafor (Alias Tbu) and Jasmine Chioma Okekeagwu were alleged to have conspired to defraud Mr. Ibu while being on sick bed.

“Investigation into the case established that as part of efforts to fund his medical bills, Mr. Ibu launched a public fund-raising initiative and attracted donations from his fans, entertainment industry players, and other well-spirited members of the public into a bank account which he publicized and dedicated for the purpose. Mr. Ibu’s wife, Mrs Stella Maris Chinyere Okafor was initially managing the funds to defray the medical bills of Mr. Ibu and sustain the family. 

“However, along the line, the duo of Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor and Jasmine Chioma Okekeagwu manipulated Mrs Stella Maris Chinyere Okafor, took possession of Mr. Ibu’s phone, and hacked into the banking details therein.

“They thereafter re-installed the mobile banking applications of Mr. Ibu on the phone of Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor preparatory to the perfection of their preconceived fraudulent plans and wiped off the banking applications originally installed on Mr. Ibu’s phone, thereby, taking direct and full charge of banking activities of Mr. Ibu in relation to the funds being donated by members of the public in support of his medicals.

“Through this fraudulent act, Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor and Jasmine Chioma Okekeagwu started transferring funds from Mr. Ibu’s public fund raising account to Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor’s personal bank with forensic analysis of their illicit financial dealing establishing that a total of fifty five million naira (₦55m) has been successfully and criminally transferred prior to their arrest and investigation.

“Investigation also unearthed text messages via WhatsApp between Jasmine Chioma and Daniel Okafor detailing in stage-by-stage how they conspired and hatched their criminal plans. It was also established that the two suspects, Jasmine Chioma Okekeagwu and Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor had a sham marriage at the Ikoyi Marriage Registry with plans to escape from the country to UK where they intended to settle with their proceeds of crime. They already applied for UK Visas in furtherance to this plan prior to their arrest.

“During investigation, the stolen fifty-five million naira (₦55m) was traced to the Bank Account of Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor wherein it was discovered that they had squandered a total of five million naira (₦5m) on questionable transactions, while the balance, a total of fifty million (₦55m) has been recovered from him.

“On the strength of evidence, Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor, and Jasmine Chioma Okekeagwu have been charged to the Chief Magistrate Court 1, Yaba in Charge No. A/06/2024 for conspiracy and stealing. They were granted bail in the sum of (15m) with two sureties in like sum while case was adjourned to 11th March,

Meanwhile the case file has been forwarded to the Office of Director of Public Prosecution for legal advice.”


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