American victim tells court how Nigerian man scammed her of $370,000 – Igbere TV

American victim tells court how Nigerian man scammed her of 0,000 – Igbere TV

An American woman, Nicole Kierulff Sayers, has told the FCT High Court in Abuja how she was defrauded of $370,000 by a suspected Nigerian internet fraudster, Nwachi Chidozie Kingsley.

Sayers, who lives in Oregon, United States, recounted his ordeal as a witness for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) during Kingsley’s ongoing trial before Justice Peter Kekemeke on Wednesday, July 3.

This was disclosed in a statement on Friday by EFCC spokesman, Dele Oyewale, saying the suspect is being prosecuted on two counts of theft, obtaining by false pretences and criminal possession of forged documents.

Called as a witness by the prosecution lawyer, Fatsuma Muhammad, the American identified the suspect in court as the man who had sent her messages on Facebook on her birthday.

“I know the accused, the accused sent me a message on Facebook on my birthday and he said he was a member of the same spiritual organization as me,” she reportedly said.

“We had romantic discussions and phrases and we had conversations that escalated into a romantic type of relationship.”

Sayers also told the court that the defendant had asked him for money to finance the award of a contract by the Department of Works and Housing, claiming that some men were threatening his life if he did not provide money to secure the contract.

“Before we met, he had asked me for money about eleven days before, and the reason he was asking for money, according to him, was the award of a contract by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and he alleged that some men were threatening his life if he did not provide the money to get the contract.

He asked me for help and provided me with the contract details, the logo and all the information. I believed it was because I was in a vulnerable state and had developed an emotional connection with him,” she added.

According to her, Kingsley told her that if she gave him $15,000, he would pay her back within 45 days and she believed him, and transferred the money to the defendant, with instructions to pay him back the money.

Sayers recounted how she transferred the money and how she was able to meet the defendant’s family.

Sayers said: “I transferred the money using a money transfer app, he received the money and a week later he asked me to join him in a FaceTime video with his family. It was his parents’ house and his entire family was there including his sister Doris Nwachi, Kenneth Nwachi, his sister-in-law Loveline, his father Chizom, his mother Victoria and his alleged daughter Princess who was then two years old.”

The case was then adjourned until November 7, 2024 for further trial.

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