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Meet Nwude, the Biggest Nigerian Fraudster in History Who 'Sold a Fake Airport' to a Brazilian for $242m (Photos)

Here is the story of Emmanuel Nwude who committed the largest fraud in Nigeria by selling a non-existent airport to a Brazilian for $242 million between 1995 and 1998. 

The ascent of web extortion regularly known as 419 is one marvel Nigeria has come to be related it. Before web misrepresentation turned into a worldwide issue, Nwude had conferred one of the greatest tricks on the planet.

In particular, his misrepresentation was the third biggest saving money trick on the planet after the Scratch Leeson's exchanging misfortunes at Barings Bank, and the plundering of the Iraqi National Bank by Qusay Hussein.

How was Emmanuel Nwude ready to complete this stunning trick and persuade Nelson Sakaguchi who was the executive of the bank to part with such a great amount of cash for the buy of an airplane terminal?

Nwude was a previous chief of Union Bank of Nigeria and this position made him conscious of a few connections, data and reports that different people would not know about. He imitated the then legislative leader of the National Bank of Nigeria, Paul Ogwuma, and associated with Sakaguchi advising him of a mouth-watering arrangement of Nigeria's intend to assemble an air terminal in Abuja.

Nwude, putting on a show to be the National Bank of Nigeria representative, disclosed to Sakaguchi that he remained of shot of stashing $10 million commission when the arrangement went through. Sakaguchi paid $191 million in trade and the rest of the type of exceptional intrigue.

Nwude's assistants were Emmanuel Ofolue, Nzeribe Okoli, and Obum Osakwe, alongside the couple twosome, Christian Ikechukwu Anajemba and Amaka Anajemba, with Christian later being killed.

The criminal posse could persuade the executive of the Brazilian bank to part with the cash.

Nwude has turned into Nigeria's misrepresentation boss subsequent to pulling off one of the greatest "arrangements" in history

How did Sakaguchi discover he was a casualty of one of the biggest trick on the planet?

In 1997, the Spanish Banco Santander needed to assume control over the Banco Noroeste and a joint executive meeting was held in December of that year. Authorities of the Spanish bank noticed that half of the Brazilian bank's capital was at Cayman Islands unmonitored. This brought up issues as this was two-fifths of Noroeste's aggregate esteem.

Examination started and was completed in Brazil, England, Nigeria, Switzerland, and the Unified States. Despite the fact that the offer of the Bank still went ahead as the proprietors of the bank paid $242 million bill, the nak still fallen in 2001.

The introduction of the EFCC

In 2002, the then president, Olusegun Obasanjo saw to the foundation of an against unite organization, the Monetary and Money related Wrongdoings Commission (EFCC). Nwude's misrepresentation case one of the first to be examined and in 2004, all individuals from the group were summoned under the steady gaze of an Abuja High Court on 86 checks of "deceitfully looking for propel expenses" and 15 tallies of renumeration identified with the case . In spite of the fact that they argued not blameworthy, they were cautioned not to endeavor to pay off court authorities as it was suspected that cash was going round.

In 2005, Amaka admitted to helping Anajemba and was made a request to reimburse $25.5 million and furthermore condemned to over two years in jail.

Nwude endeavored to pay off Nuhu Ribadu, the then executive of the EFCC, with $75,000 money yet the last declined and Nwude was accused of endeavored pay off and in addition endeavor to abduct an indicting witness.

Following Sakaguchi's witness, Nwude at long last conceded and was condemned to five simultaneous sentences of five years and was likewise made a request to pay $10 million fine to the government.

He was discharged from jail in 2006 and recorded a case to recover his advantages demanding some of them were gained before the criminal demonstration. He has so far possessed the capacity to recover $167 million.


A land question in the town of Ukpo in the Dunukofia zone with Abagana people group turned ridiculous when more than 200 men attacked the group murdering four policemen and the security monitor at the development site in 2016. The Anambra state government fingered Nwude as the instigator and he was in this manner captured and summoned on 27 charges including homicide and fear based oppression. He is being held at Awka jail as the court case is still on.

While Nwude's criminal adventure was not the first in the nation, it meant the ascent in worldwide money related wrongdoing and promote the propelled charge misrepresentation disorder with Nigeria's name related with it.

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