DSS arrests man for attempted $50,000 fraud over fake presidential appointment

DSS arrests man for attempted $50,000 fraud over fake presidential appointment

- The DSS has arrested a suspect for attempting to defraud his victim of $50,000 to secure a presidential appointment

- The suspect was paraded on Tuesday, August 11 at a press briefing in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja

- The suspect was identified as Mohammed Momoh, a 42-year-old indigene of Kogi state

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested a suspect for attempting to defraud his victim of $50,000 to secure a presidential appointment.

DSS spokesman, Peter Afunaya, paraded the suspect on Tuesday, August 11, at a press briefing in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

He identified the suspect as Mohammed Momoh, a 42-year-old indigene of Kogi state.

DSS arrests man for attempted $50,000 fraud over fake presidential appointment

The suspect paraded is Mohammed Momoh, a 42-year-old indigene of Kogi state. Photo Credit: Channels TV
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Afunaya explained that Mohammed was caught while trying to obtain the sum from his victim whom he promised to assist in securing an appointment in the Buhari administration.

He warned Nigerians desirous of political appointments to beware of fraudsters who harvest information with the sole aim of defrauding unsuspecting victims.

The DSS spokesman also appealed to Nigerians to always report the activities of fraudsters to security agencies in order to stem the tide of fraudulent activities.

The DSS recently informed Nigerians that there is a plot by some prominent personalities and groups to destabilise the country.

The DSS said the unpatriotic groups are taking advantage of the existing security situations in some parts of the country to carry out their plan.

Afunanya made this known in a statement on Monday, July 27, adding that the secret police would not fold its arms to watch anyone, no matter how highly placed they are, to cause a breakdown of law and order in the country.

To ensure the safety of all and the peace and stability of the country, Afunaya said the DSS was working with relevant authorities to ensure that the sinister objective is not achieved.

But, like in the past, the DSS spokesman failed to mention the names of those behind the threats or the modus operandi of their plans.

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Part of the statement read: ‘‘The service reiterates its commitment to the internal security of Nigeria and will, within the confines of the law, decisively deal with planners of the mayhem.

‘‘Law-abiding citizens are urged to go about their normal businesses and disregard the antics of agents of destabilisation.

‘‘They should, however, avail the service and related agencies with useful information about the activities of criminals and groups intent on instigating violence in the country.’’

Meanwhile, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has called out a DSS official for allegedly flouting security procedure at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja (NAIA).

In a statement widely published on its social media, FAAN called out the DSS officer while recalling how the incident happened.

Part of the statement read: “We note with dismay that Mr Safiyanu Abba, the head of DSS at NAIA deliberately obstructed airport security process, and slapped an aviation security officer who was performing his duty.

“He breached security procedure by obstructing further searching of a visitor who had just walked through the metal detector and activated the alarm.”

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