- Endurance Obayan allegedly tried to defraud Equitorial Nuts KSh35.9 million.
- He was arrested at JKIA while attempting to catch an Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nigeria.
At the MCC prison in Chicago, Illinois, United States, a once-sly Nigerian conman who had fooled the world of Instagram into thinking he is a multi-millionaire real estate tycoon, cools his heels.
His name is Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi. In Ruaka, a middle-class housing estate in the outskirts of Nairobi, his countryman allegedly tried to pull one of his signature get-rich-quick moves.
But rather than ending up in the champagne-d backseat of a Bentley, albeit fleetingly, Endurance Obayan ended up in a DCI hatchback.
Hushpuppi’s moved entailed emailing blue-chip companies and posing as one of their business contacts. Convinced that he was a legitimate representative of the said contact, they would wire money into his bank accounts. As he confessed last July, he stole over $24 million (KSh2.7bn)
Endurance Obayan’s Alleged Ploy
Enter Endurance. According to DCI, he “had gained access to the Equatorial Nuts Processing Limited systems based in the city and sent a fake invoice to their client in Australia, demanding payment of Sh35.9 million.
“The email further instructed the client to channel the money to an account in China. This alarmed the client who immediately contacted Equatorial Nuts, in a bid to establish whether they had changed their bank details.”
It was a red flag. And Equatorial’s security manager immediately flapped it in the direction of the Cybercrime Unit, DCI. Backed by their counterparts from Serious Crimes, they launched a manhunt Endurance, the suspect.
“Yesterday afternoon, when the suspect sensed that his hour of arrest was nigh, he hurriedly left his Ruaka apartment headed for the country’s international gateway (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport).
One Way Ticket To Nigeria
The sleuths say his plan was to catch an Ethiopian airlines flight for Nigeria, one-way ticket!
Endurance’s ploy did not, well, endure. At the airport, he was “met by mean looking sleuths and immigration officials who whisked him to the comfort of our hatchbacks that delivered him at DCI headquarters for questioning.”
He was subsequently arraigned at Milimani Law Courts to answer to charges of Computer forgery.