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Nigeria requests extradition of man accused of $712,000 fraud

The Federal Government has demanded the extradition of a United States of America (USA) based Nigerian, Jim-Daniels Nnah.

Nnah was accused of defrauding two companies of $712,000 (about N261.3 million).

The extradition was contained in a letter from the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), addressed to the US Department of Justice.

This request is coming four years after Nnah, through his company Biowish TM Africa Limited, allegedly fleeced Environ-Aid Technologies Nigeria Limited and Alsa Logistics Limited of the sum, under the pretence of giving them sole distributorship rights of some bio-chemicals.

Made pursuant to the provisions of the extradition treaty between the governments of the USA and United Kingdom (UK) of December 22, 1931, which is applicable to Nigeria, the request was signed by the AGF, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

Malami said Nnah obtained the money for the purpose of supplying the complainants with products made by Biowish Technologies Inc., USA.

He said the complainants alleged that the suspect refused to supply the products, thereby, has stolen or converted the money to his personal use.

Malami stated that by Nnah’s alleged action, the suspect deprived the complainants of their money and the goods in-spite of several efforts to recover the property or money.

He said: “The complainants claimed that sometime in September 2012, their companies entered in an existing joint venture agreement with Biowish Technologies Inc., 150N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2800, Chicago, Illinois 60601, USA, to supply its products in Africa.

“For Biowish Technologies products to be sold in Africa, Jim Daniels-Nnah incorporated Biowish TM Africa to market a variety of the products ranging from Biowosh-Aqua, Biowish Odor, Biowish Remediation, Biowish Crops (fertiliser), etc.

“Relying on the information provided by the suspect, the complainant entered into separate agreements with Biowish TM Africa Limited to procure Biowosh Technologies’ products for which the sum of $712,000 was paid into Jim Daniels-Nnah’s company, Biowish TM Africa Limited and IC&T America Inc.’’s offshore accounts.

“Unknown to the complainants, Jim Daniels-Nnah had signed two separate identical contracts, making each of the companies sole distributor of the same products in Nigeria, demonstrating fraud and insincerity in handling the whole transaction.”

Malami stated that both companies separately terminated the agreements and demanded a refund of their money when he failed to deliver the products over a period of time.

He said the suspect’s inability to supply the products or refund the money made them suspect fraud and individually filed complaints with the authorities in Nigeria.

“After a detailed investigation, the Nigerian INTERPOL NCB found out, through cash transfer documents from the complainants’ bank and swift transfer records, that the said sum was paid into the accounts. The NCB is unable to interrogate the suspect as he is currently in the USA.

“The act is against the laws of Nigeria and as such, I shall prosecute any act in violation of Nigerian laws relating to financial and other economic crimes.

“To do this, the Federal Government of Nigeria would require the authorities and government of the USA to take steps within the scope allowed by the US laws, to execute this request in the interest of justice, the spirit of fighting international crimes and in the ground that when a similar request is made by the USA, Nigeria will render the same assistance.

“This letter is requesting relevant US authorities to identify the suspect, arrest him wirh a view to extradite him to Nigeria for prosecution and for the recovery and eventual surrender of the money to the victims,” Malami said.

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