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Sexagenarian nabbed in Abuja for N10 million fraud, impersonation: Police

The 62-year-old suspected fraudster was known to impersonate senior police, EFCC officers and legal practitioners.

• November 24, 2022
FCT police spokeswoman Josephine Adeh
FCT police spokeswoman, Josephine Adeh [Credit: Tribune]

The FCT Police Command has arrested a 62-year-old man over alleged impersonation and fraud.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT, Josephine Adeh, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

She said the suspect was an alleged serial fraudster who specialised in impersonating senior police, EFCC officers and legal practitioners.

Ms Adeh said the suspect was arrested following a series of petitions and reports at various formations and units of the command.

She said the suspect was arrested on Sunday by the command’s intelligence asset attached to the anti-violence crime section of the criminal investigation department.

According to her, the suspect was picked at Our Lady Queen of Cathedral Church, Area 3 Abuja, where he has reportedly defrauded scores of unsuspecting worshippers.

“The suspect’s modus operandi is to impersonate a senior police officer between the ranks of a commissioner and assistant inspector general of police.

“He also impersonates top-ranking EFCC officials and/or a legal practitioner who owns a law firm and has successfully defrauded many to the tune of N10,000,000,” she said.

Ms Adeh claimed that the suspect confessed to perpetrating the crime since 1980.

According to her, upon his arrest, several forged documents, unissued police gear, tear gas and forged academic documents from various institutions of learning were recovered from him.

She said investigations and efforts were being intensified to apprehend his co-perpetrators.

Ms Adeh explained that the suspect had no past or present affiliation with the police.

She urged the public to be wary of such people who engage in impersonation for fraudulent purposes. 

(NAN)

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