By Onome Naomi

The security agents have commenced manhunt for a notorious scammer and Managing Director, Home Decor Trend Solution, Zebede Chibuzor, who allegedly absconded with his wife, Patience, after he swindled a business man, Chief Julius Okwara, to the tune of about N19m under false pretence in Lagos State.

PM Express report that the suspect, Chibuzor, whose fake office address was located at GT 16, Lekki Garden Estate, Lagos, was said to have obtained the money and went into hiding with his wife and had been on the run since then.

The victim, Chief Okwara, who hold the chieftaincy title, Agubata, reportedly fell into his trap after he was introduced to him by one Golden, that he was into production and supply of unique Aluminum doors and windows including protectors and he promised that he would deliver the items within two months to Okwara’s home town in Ideato, Imo State.

However, the whole arrangement turned out to be a scam after Okwara had paid him about N14m with the written agreement that when he supply the items to his home town and he would be paid 20% balance and if he eventually fix the items and he accepted.

According to Chief Okwara, the contract was signed and agreed in Ideato South in Imo State and the address on his letterhead was discovered to a fake one, which he used to dupe people as there was no house with that physical address.

“I was introduced to him at my site in the village by one Mr. Golden, who was also doing wrought iron contract on the same site. The contract agreement was signed on 7th July, 2021 and to supply as agreed in the contract in two months being 7th September and this more than 5 months overdue. All efforts to see him have been negative because he refused to meet me in person. The public should avoid Chibuzor and his wife because they are scammers and should be apprehended and handed over to the Police anywhere they were found” he said.

Chief Okwara said he has a handsome reward for anybody that will give any information of his residence, hotel or hideout and urged the public to be good Samaritans and help to take them off the street for good by giving useful information on them, which can done by calling the given number, 08086062433.

He regretted that after he paid him the money, he absconded with his wife and since then he has been on the run and did not either refund his money or supply the items since last year.

Rather,  he was said to be threatening Chief Okwara that he can be kidnapped and dealt with, in order to intimidate him to forget the money.

Efforts to locate him at his known home have proved abortive as the residents stated that he had been on the run as EFCC had been on his trail and he had sold his house and escaped to unknown place.

The alleged fraud was reported to the security agents, who have been trailing him but were yet to apprehend him or his wife.

According to Police sources, he rented an office at Marwa area of Lekki and when he discovered that the security agents had located the place, he abandoned the office and ran away.

The victim, Chief Okwara, described Chibuzor’s action as shocking and lamented that his dubious character has delayed his ongoing project in his home town explaining that Chibuzor has exhibited some traits that he was of a dubious character and had been defrauding innocent Nigerians.

When the suspect, Chibuzor, was contacted on the phone via his number, 08035022030, it ranged severally but he did not pick his calls confirming that he was actually into hiding.

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