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Nigerian blogger arrested for alleged N2.2m fraud


Benue born blogger, Apeh Peterhot, who is the founder of Benue Amebo News, has been arrested in Lagos by the Nigerian Police for allegedly defrauding a Mr. Phillip Agbese of N2.2m, with a fake Facebook account name of Queen Anee Ochoga.
Under the pretence that he had issues with his BVN, the blogger cunningly used the bank account details of Anne Johnson, an innocent pregnant woman, thereby implicating her in the said transaction.

With the fake account, he claimed to be a car dealer. As a philanthropist, Agbese thought it was wise to patronize a fellow Nigerian, not knowing that the face behind the account was actually Mr Apeh whom he had helped in the past.
After receiving the payment, Peterhot allegedly posted an obituary on Facebook, announcing the death of Anne, apparently to close the deal and to make Agbese believe that the person he transacted business with had died.
Anne, however, denied that she was dead as posted on Facebook, denouncing the fake Facebook account. Luck ran out of Peterhot, when the pregnant woman turned herself in at the police station and made confessional statement.

The culprit, who has been on the run for days, was arrested Tuesday afternoon following a tip off. He is currently being held at Idimu Police Station, Area M, Alimoso Division of Lagos command, pending a signal from the FCT command, where the matter is being handled.

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