35 year old graduate, Gladys Assah has been arrested by the Operatives
of the Lagos Rapid Response Squad for allegedly defrauding her business
partner, Nkiruka Okon, of N7million.
Assah, a native of Cross river state, works as a network marketer for a popular product based in Ikeja.
Assah in her words said,
“I met Okon, a banker who reported me to the police in Port Harcourt,
in 2008. I did not mean evil. We were just friends then. Later in 2015,
I marketed a product, Healthy Halogen Oven, to her. The product was
imported into Nigeria by a network marketing company, Avenues to
“As a network marketer and a partner to the company, my duty was to
bring potential customers and partners into the business for a win-win
profit-making, both for the customer and myself.
“I told Okon about the Healthy Oven, which was one of the products of
Avenues to Wealth sold for N12,000 at company price. We agreed to
partner in buying a large quantity of the product; Okon put together the
financial capital, while I did the marketing and transportation of the
product to the customers. Along the line, things did not work out well.
It was not my intention to swindle her.”
The victim said she decided to go into partnership with her after which she got duped.
“We agreed to buy
about 410 units of the products. I made a deposit of N4,500,000 to
Gladys account on the agreement that after sales I would be collecting
back N7.5m, but she refused to stick to the plans as agreed in our
memorandum of understanding.
During one of our confrontations in 2016, Gladys issued me a dud
cheque of N3m, N2m and another N2m making N7m in total but the bank
told me the cheques were not payable.” .
The suspect however disclosed to investigators to have used proceeds
from the second fraud to open a catering shop business, bought car,
travelled out on vacations and got a suitable apartment for her family.