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Businessman being investigated for N75m fraud dies during COVID-19 test.

A businessman, Godwin Julius, who was being investigated for alleged involvement in a N75m fraud, has died while being tested for COVID-19 at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, Lagos State.

Godwin and one ObinaleOsunwoke were arrested in the Ejigbo area of the state and were detained after the police reportedly traced some of the money to an account belonging to the late businessman.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the policemen acted on a petition by the representative of a United States of America-based company, Terraroad's International Incorporation, Wisdom Chris, that the firm had been swindled out of N75m.

Wisdom told PUNCH Metro that the suspects and others currently at large impersonated the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, and defrauded the firm of $200,000 with forged documents.

He said, 'Some of the suspects are still at large. My company in the US got a law firm to write a petition and the only thing I know about the case is that the suspects claimed to be the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, and certain things transpired between my company and them, and the firm, was defrauded of $200,000.

'But when we went to verify the documents, we realised that they were fake. The suspects later confessed that they were fraudsters and wrote an email to that effect. Initially, we got a law firm to investigate the matter, but when they were not forthcoming, the case was reported to the police.'

While the investigation was ongoing, PUNCH Metro learnt that the police approached the court to obtain a remand order for Godwin and Osunwoke.

However, Godwin reportedly took ill during investigation and was taken to the Police Hospital in Falomo, where a doctor advised that he should be taken to the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, for a COVID-19 test.

Osunwoke, who alleged that the police ignored several pleas to grant them bail, said when Godwin's health deteriorated, they took him to the hospital for the COVID-19 test, but he died in the process.

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Publication:Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra, Ghana)
Date:Jun 25, 2020
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