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The suspects

Toronto police has arrested and charged two Nigerian men – Adedayo Ogundana, 45 and Adekunle Johnson Omitiran, 37 – who are believed to be part of a fraud syndicate living lavish lifestyles from the proceeds of their crime, Global News Canada reports.

Investigations began in the summer of 2016 after the police was made aware that the suspects were involved in using stolen mail to obtain personal and credit card information from residents living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

They were said to have defrauded residents to the tune of $10m.

Ogundana, also known as Oladipupo Ogund, was arrested on December 13, 2016 and charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000, 10 counts of fraud under $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and possession of proceeds of crime.

Omitiran, was arrested on April 27 and charged with multiple offences including fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000, identity theft, possession of credit card obtained by crime, possession of proceeds of crime and failure to comply with probation.

An arrest warrant has also been issued for Duro Akintola, 44, also known as Michie Noah.

Another suspect Emmanuel Salako, 47, also known as George Salako, is wanted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Chicago for his involvement in the fraud ring.

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“It appears at some point these individuals come into contact with mail that appears to have been stolen in one facet or another.

That information is then transcribed in what we believe to be in notebooks and then ‘checked out’ effectively, it’s some form of mechanism of checking the overall credit capabilities of it and the worthiness of exploitation, and series of things flow from that which result in a new credit card being issued.

We believe he has associations with people in sensitive positions within the financial industry, in financial institutions, as well as other places that would have access to sensitive information,” Det. Const. Mike Kelly told reporters during a press conference Tuesday morning.

Police said they also seized 37 fraudulently obtained credit cards and a series of notebooks containing the handwritten identity of approximately 5,000 GTA residents.

According to Det. Sgt. Ian Nichol, “Among the items seized include $39,000 cash, seven watches valued at $310,000, clothing, jewelry, accessories and liquor valued $390,000, all items alleged to have been obtained via identity theft.”

The evidence was discovered on April 24 during a raid of a condominium owned by Omitiran.

See photos of some of the recovered items below:

This box of 6 watches reportedly costs $300,000. One watch repotedly costs $150,000

Shoes worth $100,000 were found in the apartment

Shoes worth $100,000 were found in the apartment

Tiny bottle of this cologne reportedly costs $1,000

This sweater reportedly costs $10,000

This watch, which is said to contain dust from the moon reportedly costs $146,000

Photo Credit: Twitter – @citytammie


  1. OJ

    May 12, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    And thats the lifestyle they sell to their naija peeps back at home that would make coming to overseas a do or die affair them. Another set of naija men were caught in Abu dhabi recently, for armed robbery. ”godliness with contentment is great gain”…this portion of the scripture doesnt seem to apply with these rogues

    • Yeye

      May 12, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      I have a cousin that practically lives on Instagram and has envied these boys and their kind for the last few years.

      My cousin drove himself to near depression because he wasn’t able to #pepperdem. I cannot wait to show him this.

    • Onye

      May 12, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      Yes, yoruba guys and not igbos.

    • Truthbearer

      May 14, 2017 at 3:35 am

      I bet you their ages are faked. Those guys look under 30 to me!

  2. Hmmm

    May 12, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    ‘YOLOBA DEMONS’ at work! ??????

    • Kbear

      May 12, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Ode ni eh.

    • Yomi

      July 16, 2017 at 11:23 pm

      Real ode, oponu if you know what I mean.

  3. Vee

    May 12, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I’m all about the watch with dust from the moon….what a wawu

  4. Babym

    May 12, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Buhahahaha pepper dem gang gone wrong ??

    • Belle

      May 12, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      Lol I am on the floor lol

  5. LemmeRant

    May 12, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    This is exactly what annoys me the most about these guys. Aside the fact that they’re spoiling things for everybody else,
    They defraud victims of their hard earned money. Money those people are probably saving for important things. These ones will steal them and start spending it on blings and wasteful materialistic things just so they can post it on Instagram.

    • Idomagirl

      May 13, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      @Lemme Rant, EXACTLY!!!!
      That’s what infuriates me the most.

  6. Ct

    May 12, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Nigerians! Never fails to disappoint their people around the globe

    • CW

      May 12, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      oMG!!! am amazed and ashamed of their actions and lifestyle.

  7. Kay

    May 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm


  8. buki

    May 12, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    dust from the moon? envy no one!!!

  9. kool aid

    May 12, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    See them Hushpuppi them. smh!!!!
    May God save us in this Nigeria, you finally go abroad where if you work a system is actually in place to reward you unlike Naija and you just decide to be wicked and ruin people’s lives because you want to stunt on them.
    Anybody proud enough to show off material possession will also definitely be proud enough to give us a glimpse of what is bringing in the money.
    once you see a guy or girl showing off without proper backing, then there’s and illegal or immoral means involved. drugs, prostitution, scams etc
    Tufiakwa!!! Tueh!!!

    • nene

      May 12, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      no truer words have been spoken. they’re so quick to post their trips around the globe, parties, but once someone questions their source of income, you’re called a hater.

    • Joy

      May 12, 2017 at 11:56 pm

      I can’t wait for Hushpuppi to be busted.
      Dear lord I can’t wait. But I feel Malaysia is a lawless country.

  10. Deb

    May 12, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    A wrist watch with Dust from the moon. Africans and flamboyance. Dust from the moon. As in dust. Not even light from the moon, Dust….

    • Engoz

      May 12, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      You can imagine. It’s the same reasoning their ancestors used to sell their brethren for mirrors and schnapps. Any intelligent woman can smell the stench of stupidity from any man that prioritizes wearing shine, shine, chooky, chooky shoes. What on earth is the attraction there to a sapiosexual, lol?

      I don’t understand how hard it is to live within your means. Why is our culture so vain and materialistic? Why the unnecessary flamboyance? The so called confidence Nigerians think they have, is a front for deep seated insecurities which really needs to be addressed.

  11. AceOfSpades

    May 12, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    ‘We believe he has associations with people in sensitive positions within the financial industry’

    Canadian government is not aware of Tor? Underground market where you can buy anything! You can buy cocaine, hacked login to payroll systems, w-2 forms, hacked login to US bank accounts and even hacked login to Nigerian bank accounts. If Tor should go down today, cyber fraud will reduce by 40% but it’s like Russian government is making profit from Tor.

  12. SoniaPaloma

    May 12, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    That is what a lot of these Nigerians that come home flaunting do in the ‘abroad’ then you will see pictures of them posing with mopol in naija. The irony fam!!!
    Some of the top actresses husbands included lol
    Many of you bloggers/Nigerians put them on a pedestal and celebrate them without being fully aware of where the money came from. Make una dey continue to hide under NGO’s. One day breeze go blow, fowl nyansh go open

  13. Gerry

    May 12, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Obaara Jesu! How can someone conveniently steal this amount of money? And we talk about having young people in leadership positions

  14. wendy

    May 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Dear God, let Hushpuppi be caught ASAP

  15. ada

    May 12, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Laziness is a curse. if these old men over 40 at these age still doing fraud then our generation is in turmoil..arrr these men irritate me; giving hardworking nigerians bad name.. they shamed themselves..socail media made people pretend to be what their not.

  16. ada

    May 12, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    funny thg is theres prob many girls that were dying for these guys..chineke..Ladies know a Man’s source of income. Don’t play dumb n naive cus u want to be lazy n buy watch from moon. abeg

  17. RealNigerian

    May 12, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    When I tell people the real problem with Nigeria is the people, they argue with me. Look at this mess…. the unfortunate part is that an average Nigerian is always looking for short-cut to success- always looking for ways to sham. Faking their resume and doing all sorts of trashy nonsense. I am absolutely not impressed by anything on social media cos it’s mostly fiction in my opinion. Real successful people are too busy living life – as in real life, not Facebook or instagram make-belief, and most of them don’t even have a social media account.

    • you say what??

      May 12, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      Boo, like hell yea imma lie on my Resume if that means i’ll be fortunate enough to be interviewed or even get the job. Who is gon’ hire you without experience! You submit original resume with 0-2 yrs experience and they don’t even open the thing. Weytin man go do in this case?

    • Tunji

      May 13, 2017 at 10:54 am

      You’ve made a point but I don’t agree where I said real successful people are not on social media. Of cos we have a lot of medics, bankers, lawyers on social media. They put up posts as well and I just feel it’s good and these are the sort of people to follow and look up to. Posts about their career to inspire and encourage people out there. If these sort of professionals are not on social media then it won’t be balanced cos it’ll just be people like hush qndbhis likes where you have literally nothing to back up their extravagant lifestyle. And as we know, there are people that actually look up to them. Thanks

    • Nne

      May 14, 2017 at 8:17 am

      As much as I hate it and never lie on my resume, I can tell you that it doesn’t help one bit. Everyone is a fraud in this regard! Your professional mentor/role model lied on their resume. That one is certain. All these resume keyword optimization tips that career coaches encourage FRAUD!

      I had on NYSC career coach encourage the thousands of carpers listening to him to lie about their age on their resume! Gross! Even more gross is why these companies require your age on your resume and discriminate based on that!

      The CEO of Yahoo enjoyed a long tenor and retired before it emerged that he lied on his resume. His salary in a year exceeds whatever this men would have accumulated if they continued their fraud for years. Being an honest and truthful citizen is a guaranteed way to be stuck at the back of the bus. It does feel good though knowing you aren’t a fraud 🙂 But this feeling no dey feed person .

  18. o

    May 12, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    That’s one ugly wristwatch. If it likes, let it have slices of the sun. Too ugly!

    • Nne

      May 14, 2017 at 8:01 am

      And ain’t such thing as a wristwatch with actual moon dust . So the scammers were scammed by a fellow scammer. Inception of scams

  19. Bisi

    May 12, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Vainity upon vainity. What the heck do you want to do with a dust wristwatch from mars or whateva. JHEEZZ cannot deal with people.

  20. Mystique

    May 12, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    lmao………and guys like these always look so “sleek”. please let them catch more of them and disgrace them; hardwork is almost out of fashion. Sometimes i ask myself how long i have to work to afford a few luxuries yet these clowns will use my two years salary to buy a pair of shoes. Let them “BUUURRRRNNNN”!!!!

    • Kbear

      May 12, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      As in….Its insane. Not like we dont even have the money to afford all these plenty gucci them, but when you think about the hard work you put in to acquire the money you have and the kinda future you are trying to build for yourself and family, you will think twice before spending it anyhow on top vain things. Not saying you cant buy one or two nice things but this right here? Senseless! Iranu.

  21. Jide

    May 12, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    These just reminds me of my years in the UK. These guys will be driving flashy cars, expensive cloths and of course with the sexiest of BLACK women. I remember telling a girl about her ‘no job’, heavy spending toaster. She told me to stop beefing. It is only in the Nigerian community abroad that they are looked upon. Oyinbo man does not sent Vanity like us. Most white women are not shallow like some black women. These guys will now come home xmas and start blowing money like no tomorrow, giving false impression about abroad God have mercy on us.

  22. @edDREAMZ

    May 12, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    This is terrible…. Mumu souls….

  23. Anon

    May 12, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Dear BN, You need to measure the words that you use in the headlines that you put out. There are lots of hardworking and law-abiding Nigerian men based in Canada and you just generalized them under this sensational headline which applies to a handful of men. . #NotCool.

  24. louda

    May 12, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    lol @ Yoloba demons. My dear yoruba people, please dont learn what my Igbo brothers are doing disgracing Nigeria up and down with drugs. When the other citizens of the world are busy manufacturing and developing technology, all our boys can develop is crime. God punish all of them bad naija pikins.

    • Choi

      May 12, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      Don’t get your panties in a bunch. First of all Yorubas have been disgracing Nigeria since with scams as Igbos have with drugs.

      Second, for all we know that “Yoloba demon” poster may not be Igbo.

  25. aj

    May 13, 2017 at 2:12 am

    looool na wa ooo. awon ole jati jati!

  26. clementine

    May 13, 2017 at 4:57 am

    This is the extension of whistle blower effect from Naija .Kwontinu..All the stupid criminals abroad. You will be surprised who reported you…Awon Ole jati jati

    • Xhosa girl

      May 13, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      Probably their shameless flaunting fake riches Instagrams wives or girlfriends like they do here in Cape Town.

    • observer

      May 15, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      they should come and pay me money to blow whistle in this Atlanta!!!! Ahh…awon ole oshi and the stupid girls that follow them upandan. Lazy and greedy lot. *spits*

  27. Tunji

    May 13, 2017 at 10:58 am

    You’ve made a point but I don’t agree where U* said real successful people are not on social media. Of cos we have a lot of medics, bankers, lawyers on social media. They put up posts as well and I just feel it’s good and these are the sort of people to follow and look up to. Posts about their career to inspire and encourage people out there. If these sort of professionals are not on social media then it won’t be balanced cos it’ll just be people like hush and his* likes, where they literally have nothing to back up their extravagant lifestyle. And as we know, there are people that actually look up to people like hush. Like I always say, pray for your own blessings, don’t tap into others blessings cos u don’t know the cost they pay for it, don’t envy them also. Get an education, or be involved in a Legite business. Work hard, pray always and leave the rest to God. Thanks

  28. Xhosa girl

    May 13, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    @mrs_pius, @mrsleeo_1, @matshaba, @lumkamquqo, @akso.03 I know you read BN and hope you are reading what will be happening to your wire fraud Naija husbands soon. All in the name of Instagram life.
    BN readers here in South Africa, Parklands in Cape Town to be specific, Edo boys are the kings of everything fraud, online dating to very serious wire fraud oo, then Yorubas like @mr_pius are their princes. Delta, Imo, Anambra Igbos are fast getting into this business too leaving their drug business for Zimbabweans.

    These Canada and UK fraudsters are small boys compared to what Edo boys are doing here.

    Let’s hope they will enjoy +-30 years of prison for +-10years of fraud.

    • Nne

      May 14, 2017 at 7:57 am

      Rater than commenting why don’t you drop a tip at your nearest police station. These people are really a drain on society and they affect your economic well-being indirectly.

  29. Idomagirl

    May 13, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    What a disgrace!

  30. Truthbearer

    May 14, 2017 at 3:32 am

    I bet you, their ages are faked… those guys look under 30 to me!

  31. Nne

    May 14, 2017 at 7:51 am

    For your conspicuous consumption to attain ridiculous height that you acquire 140K watches with “moon dust” shows that they are actually idiotic people. What always amazes me is how long it often takes to arrest these fraudsters. Its like the easiest crime to track!!! Goddamn. Almost asif the police hate doing their job.

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