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Abuja Police Arrest Popular Agric Entrepreneur, Ovaioza And Husband For Allegedly Defrauding Many Nigerians Of At Least N3bn (Photos)


Abuja Police Arrest Popular Entrepreneur, Ovaioza And Husband For Allegedly Defrauding Many Nigerians Of At Least N3bn Operatives of FCT Police Command have arrested popular agriculture entrepreneur, Imu Ovaioza Yunusa, following allegations of swindling many investors out of their money running into hundreds of millions of Naira. 

The suspect is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ovaioza Group of Companiesa business with an interest in agriculture and the recreational industry.

Through Ovaioza Farm Produce Storage Business (OFPSB), she engages in the propagation, processing, storage, distribution and retailing of farm produce, while contributing to domestic resource mobilization.

She is also the founder of the Ovaioza Skills Acquisition Center (OSAC), a non-governmental organization up-skilling young Nigerians as well as Relax and Chill business.

Ovaioza, who got married earlier earlier this year, is accused of scamming hundreds of people’s money running into billions of naira said to be about N3bn.

In March 2022, the business reportedly hit the rocks as she was accused of mismanaging investors’ funds, leading to her inability to pay investors return on their investments.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, she admitted that the business was in a crisis but assured investors that their monies would be paid.

According to her, she had registered OFPSB with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) but claimed that she was not aware that she needed to also register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

On Monday, April 18, police officers arrested her and her husband, David in Lugbe area of Abuja amid plans to flee the country.

The case is now being handled by the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID).

A source on Twitter with the handle @Gwenshuga, revealed that the embattled lady had bought houses in the United States with proceeds from her investment scam venture.

Ovaioza offered investors a huge return on investment. She was said to have started a partnership scheme that promised investors between 70-80% return on investment while constantly keeping them updated on their investments on her verified Facebook page, thereby gaining visibility and the trust of would-be investors.

The entrepreneur l is being accused of living a lavish lifestyle as more people invested in the business, while also diversifying into other areas in the last one year.

She once claimed to have bought a plaza in the nation’s capital for more than N600million. The same property was put on sale for N500million on a trading website after it expired.

Born December 30, 1993, Ovaoiza hails from Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State and attended College of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Okene.

Ovaioza also reportedly attended School of Nursing And Midwifery in Nasarawa State and Bayero University in Kano State.

Another Twitter user @Justsociety4all, who appears to be familiar with the lady, noted that she was just a poor Nigerian in 2021, but suddenly became a billionaire in 2022.

The Twitter user wrote;

From Paris to Kuje prison. It’s Ova meeeen. Begging 5k on social media in 2021 to become billionaire in 2022. The car here is not less than 22million. How this lady defrauded people should be studied in school.

More details to come…

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