Nine officers of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) have been suspended by the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB) after being implicated in the $1m scam pulled by off Hope Olusegun Aroke, an inmate serving a term of imprisonment in Kirikiri Maximum Security Custodial Centre, Lagos.
Aroke, who was a Malaysian-based student at the time of his first crime, was imprisoned at the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison in Lagos, Nigeria, serving a 24-year-sentence for an internet fraud in 2012.
Hope Olusegun Aroke is currently under investigation in Nigeria after officials said he masterminded a ‘mega scam’ worth at least $1m (£773,000) from within the confines of the prison.
KLB reported earlier that EFCC operatives arrested Emmanuel Oluwaniyi and Hemeson Edson Edwin who are both deputy controllers of the Nigerian Correctional Service, for allegedly giving exaggerated medical reports which warranted a convicted internet fraudster Hope Olusegun Aroke, who is serving a 24-year jail term to be given a referral to be treated outside the facility.
Spokesman of the service, Controller of Corrections Francis Enobore who announced the suspension of its staff, said the decision was taken following their indictment in the scandal.
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said in a statement yesterday: ‘Preliminary investigation revealed that the convict, against established standard practice, had access to internet and mobile phone in the correctional centre where he is supposed to be serving his jail term.
‘The circumstance of his admission into the hospital and those who aided his movement from the hospital to hotels and other social engagements is already being investigated.’
Using a fake name, Akinwunmi Sorinmade, the fraudster opened two bank accounts which he used to buy a luxury car and homes while in prison, said the commission.
Many Nigerians believe corrupt police officials must be to blame for allowing Aroke’s illegal activities to continue – prison guards are poorly paid and could be vulnerable to bribes from wealthy fraudsters