Nigerian held for duping Kerala resident

February 12th, 2009 - 9:38 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) A Nigerian was arrested here along with his woman accomplice for cheating a Kerala resident under the pretext of offering him commission to procure raw material for HIV and cancer medicines, the police said Thursday.
Arobomosen Paul alias Denis Jones was arrested Wednesday along with Kavita Gautham following a complaint by K.G. Mahalingam.

Mahalingam alleged that Paul and Gautham had cheated him of Rs.700,000.

Mahalingam claimed that he came into contact with Paul while surfing the internet. Paul introduced himself as an employee of the HIV rescue team in London and asked Mahalingam to arrange ‘agboro roots’, used to make medicines to eradicate HIV and cancer, the police said.

Paul told Mahalingam that all the raw material required to make such medicines are rejected in other countries and the root from India called as ‘agboro root’ has been approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“Paul promised Mahalingam good commission and asked him to procure the roots from Gautham in Delhi. Mahalingam purchased 10 sachets each at Rs.3,500 initially, but Paul asked him to purchase at least 200 sachets,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (south Delhi) H.G.S. Dhaliwal said.

“Mahalingam purchased 70 more sachets from Gautham at the same price. But he grew suspicious about their activities and reported the matter to us,” he added.

Police have recovered 500 sachets of the roots from the accused.

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