Mr. Ibu’s son and adopted daughter have been arrested after being caught stealing their father’s money worth approximately $60,700 and planning to ‘Jappa’ (leave the country) with it.
Mr. Ibu revealed in October 2023 that he was suffering from a life-threatening illness, pleading for financial assistance from his hospital bed.
Detectives from the Force Criminal Investigation Department Annex in Alagbion, Ikoyi, Lagos, have recovered N50 million from Nollywood actor John Okafor, also known as Mr. Ibu,’s hacked bank account.
Mr. Ibu’s son, Onyebuchi Okafor, and his partner, Jasmine Okekeagwu, were later arrested and charged with conspiracy and stealing.
They reinstalled the mobile banking applications on Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor’s phone, deleting the original applications from Mr. Ibu’s phone. This gave them control of the funds raised by the public for Mr. Ibu’s medical expenses. Onyeabuchi Okafor and Jasmine Okekeagwu allegedly transferred N55 million from Mr. Ibu’s public fundraising account to Okafor’s bank.
According to vanguardngr.com, evidence from forensic analysis and WhatsApp messages revealed detailed planning for their fraudulent activities. The suspects also had a forged marriage at the Ikoyi Marriage Registry and intended to flee to the United Kingdom with their ill-gotten gains. They had applied for a UK visa before being arrested.
During the investigation, N5 million of the stolen funds were traced back to questionable transactions, with the remaining N50 million recovered from Onyeabuchi Okafor. The suspects were charged at Chief Magistrates Court 1 in Yaba and granted N15 million in bail with two sureties.
The case was postponed until March 11, 2024, and the case file was sent to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.
However, Mr. Ibu has returned home and is recovering from his amputation surgery.
Over the weekend, Nollywood actor Ken Erics paid a visit to the Nollywood actor, who had recently returned home from an extended stay in the hospital.