Emirates Vacation Club (EVC), a Dubai-based firm, has allegedly scammed about 2,000 Nigerians who invested several thousands of US dollars through dubious investment.
Reports say the victims, Nigerians and other nationals, were lured into investing in EVC on arrival at the Dubai Airport through investments in a 99 year-time-sharing private residency accommodation at a 45-storey Emirates Grand Hotel (EGH) on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.
Some others, who lodged in hotels operated by the Emirates Group such as Emirates Towers had their personal details accessed by EVC, through which the staff of EVC subsequently made telephone calls to the lodgers’ rooms and invited them for discussions at the office of EVC located in the EGH, Dubai.
The affected Nigerians alleged that the Dubai-based firm, after discovering that many Nigerians had invested so much and were interested in the business, moved into Nigeria and incorporated Global EVC with certificate number RC 1005770 issued on January 24, 2012. The EVC opened an office on 9, Bourdillon Road, Ikoji, Lagos.
Consequently, three meetings have been held in separate locations in Nigeria by the victims towards seeking redress on the matter, and a Focal Persons Committee (FPC) has been set up with the mandate to pursue legal and diplomatic means to recover all funds invested by Nigerians in EVC/ EGH.
National Coordinator of the group and FPC Chairman, Mr. Donald Nwandu, said the EVC also operated openly at the re-modeled domestic wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja and malls in Lekki area, adding that “Nigerians, who invested with EVC Global in Nigeria, paid money into bank accounts opened with Zenith and GTB.”
About 10,000 people have, so far, paid money for just 32 apartments that EVC and EVC Global leased from Emirates Grand Hotel.
Read Also: Fake Policeman Arrested With This In His Car
The FPC has also been mandated to write the Federal Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Assembly, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Inspector General of Police/ Interpol and United Arab Emirates Embassy in Nigeria.