Police apprehend Tinubu, Saraki impersonators
- The police intelligence response team has paraded some alleged fraudsters who dupe people by parading themselves as high profile politicians in the country
- The alleged fraudsters operated by registering sim cards with the names of these high profile personalities in the country and using them to defraud people
- The suspects were said to have confessed to have made over N20 million from their criminal activities within the last six months
Some suspects who specialize in defrauding foreigners using the names of Chief Bola Tinubu, Senate president, Bukola Saraki and other high profile politicians in the country have been arrested by operatives of the police intelligence response team.
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The suspects had been also parading themselves as special advisers to chief of staff to the president, pational security adviser, minister of petroleum, minister of Finance, Saraki and others, the Punch, citing a police source reported.
The alleged fraudsters operated by registering sim cards with the names of these high profile personalities in the country and using them to defraud people of millions of naira.
Disclosing how the suspects were apprehended, a police source said:" Following the series of complaints received by the IGP on the activities of some notorious criminals, who posed as Chief of Staff to President, NSA, Minister of Petroleum, minister of Finance, Chief Bola Tinubu, Senate President and others, the IGP, Ibrahim Idris, directed the Intelligence Response Team to trace and Arrest the Criminals.
“After three days of unrelenting follow up and technical intelligence support from TIU, the four-man syndicate led by one High Chief Ovie Ogogo, 47, who impersonates prominent citizens from the South South and SouthEast; Abdulazeez Eragbe, 40, who impersonates prominent citizens from the North; Babatunde Oshamoto, 49, who impersonates prominent persons from the South West and North Central and Samuel Idah, 25, who supplies them with sim cards registered with the names of the prominent citizens were all arrested in a luxury hotel in Kaduna State by IRT,” the police added that all the suspects had confessed to the crime."
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The suspects were said to have confessed to have made over N20 million from their criminal activities within the last six months. They also allegedly mentioned one Prince Maurice based in the United Kingdom as their overall gang leader.
Exhibits recovered from the suspects included 14 different phones, all with SIM cards registered with the names of top government officials and several extra registered Sim cards.
Meanwhile, a former minister of information, Frank Nweke Jnr, has been rescued from persons suspected to be kidnappers.
Legit.ng learnt that the police rescue operation took place along Kaduna-Abuja road on Thursday afternoon, March 30.
Frank Nweke, who shared details of his botched kidnap on his twitter handle, thanked the gallant operatives of the police force for coming to his aid on time and praised them for protecting the lives of Nigerians daily.
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