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Abuja, September 29, 2023 –

In a major breakthrough, the Nigeria Police Force has successfully extradited a suspect in a complex international fraud case, emphasizing the determination to bring criminals to justice.

The case originated from a complaint filed by Mr. Akinola Bayo Michael, who, in October 2021, sought foreign exchange (forex) to purchase machinery from the Netherlands. Mr. Michael transferred a substantial sum of N492,750,000 to Mr. Mohammed Sulaiman’s bank account for this purpose. However, instead of facilitating the agreed forex transaction, Mr. Sulaiman redirected the funds to another individual, Mr. Mohammed Hassan Barau.

Barau, residing in the United Arab Emirates, subsequently sent 513,000 Euros to Mr. Michael from Belgium, ostensibly for the forex transaction. This transaction raised red flags as fraudulent, prompting Mr. Michael to return the funds. Despite multiple attempts, he was unable to recover his money.

The case took a significant turn when INTERPOL took charge of the investigation, recognizing its international dimension. INTERPOL placed the prime suspect, Mr. Mohammed Hassan Barau, on a red alert list, facilitating international collaboration in his tracking and apprehension.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer Muyiwa Adejobi throws further light on the case: “Today, we are delighted to announce that Mr. Mohammed Hassan Barau has been arrested by INTERPOL Abu Dhabi and subsequently extradited to Nigeria on September 27, 2023. This extradition represents a significant milestone in the quest for justice on behalf of Mr. Akinola Bayo Michael. It underscores the unwavering commitment of law enforcement agencies, both within and beyond Nigeria, to hold those involved in international criminal activities accountable.”

According to the Police, this case serves as a stark reminder of the critical importance of vigilance and due diligence in financial transactions, particularly in an era where fraud schemes are becoming increasingly sophisticated. We strongly urge individuals and businesses to exercise caution and thoroughly verify the legitimacy of financial transactions to safeguard against falling victim to fraud.


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