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Nigerian man arrested for defrauding Ukrainian businessman US$6.5m

Passport of the suspect

A Nigerian criminal syndicate led by one Sunny Anwamini (Sam) has been arrested by the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) for defrauding a Ukrainian businessman to the tune of $6.5 million.

The suspect, Sunny, 52 was apprehended on Wednesday, July 20 by EOCO in an intelligence led operation in partnership with the state National Security.

According to sources at EOCO, the suspect met the victim Mazen Farakh in December 2018 in Ghana during which the the latter expressed interest in purchasing expensive wood pieces known as “Teak”.

Sam after receiving the sum of $6.5 million from the Ukrainian businessman allegedly sent photographs of fake pallets of teak stored in custom bonded warehouses and promised to get the goods delivered in Ukrain.

However, Mazen Farakh in his statement at EOCO disclosed that Sunny for over three (3) years failed to deliver containers of the products as stated in their agreement.

On March 27, 2022, Sunny was arrested by police personnel from the Police Headquarters in Accra but was later released after a brief detention in custody which the complainant described as being done under “very compromising circumstances”.

Ukrainian business magnate and his Ghanaian partners are also worried about  justice delivery in the country as they claim that some officers are exerting pressure on them for the release of Sunny again.


Meanwhile, Mazen Farakh wants to recover his $6.5 million from the Nigerian criminal syndicate and is therefore appealing to the powers that be to ensure that, Mr. Anwamini is made to face the full rigors of the law.



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