A suspected Ponzi operator whose office is located at 43 Hill Top Road, Mrs. Ogochukwu Obasanya popularly known as Princess Oduora accused of swindling members of the public their hard-earned money is currently cooling her feet at Ebonyi State Police Headquarters, Abakaliki.
One of the victims, Mrs. Grace Maduabuchi told our reporter that she was introduced into the illegal business by a man believed to be working for the accused person who allegedly deceived her by claiming that the transaction was authentic.
She further disclosed that her interest was aroused by the obnoxious strategies of Mrs. Ogochukwu and her cohorts whom she said kept on persuading her to register with them until she made payment of N56,000 with the promise that she would get in return one of the following: 54 inches plasma television, big generator set, deep freezer, giant refrigerator or cash of N75,000 after two weeks interval.
She explained that before the payment, Mrs. Ogochukwu said to be residing in Canada introduced herself as the founder and Director of an International Non-Governmental Organization with the name” Genuine Deal Global Support” while claiming that she brought the business home to enable some residents of Ebonyi State feel its impact.
Mrs. Maduabuchi told Citizens’ Advocate that the suspected fraudster claimed that she returned with lots of electrical appliances which were to be given to the registered persons at subsidized prices while 50% interest rate would also be given to those who might not need the assets.
She claimed that at the expiration of the two weeks, she alongside few other victims went to the woman’s office to collect their supposed items but became disappointed as nothing was given to her.
She said that it was the result of her regular check that made her to know that over 200 persons had already been defrauded in the same manner by the woman.
She also said that as they were expecting the items endlessly, little did they know that the woman had already concluded her arrangements to leave for Canada but as fate would have it, they got the information and arrested her before the proposed journey.
She said, “After she had trickily collected our money, at the expiration of the two weeks, she started posting us indefinitely.”
“That was why we kept on visiting her office frequently until her secret plan of leaving Nigeria was discovered and immediately we ordered for her arrest” she narrated.
Another victim, Mr. Ekechi Nwangbo told us that when he got an idea of the trade, he was not allowed to ascertain its genuineness rather he hurriedly paid to the woman and shortly after found himself being duped.
He expressed dismay as according to him, he had in the time past encountered similar losses through MMM, SHEKINAH among other illegal schemes and thereby vowed not to relent until he retrieves his money.
We gathered that the woman who had admitted to the accusation would have refunded the money to the victims, if not for her failing health while in police custody, nevertheless, another date was selected for the repayment.