A four man syndicate who specializes in defrauding foreigners using the names of high profile politicians in the country has been arrested by operatives of the Police Intelligence Response Team.
The suspects operated by registering sim cards with the names of high profile personalities such as chief of staff to the President, Chief Bola Tinubu, Senate President, Bukola Saraki in the country and used them to defraud people of millions of Naira.
Fourteen different phones, all with SIM cards registered with the names of top government officials and several extra registered sim cards were recovered from their possession upon arrest.
They confessed to have made over N20 million from the operation within the last six months.
A police source told journalists they were arrested following series of complaints filed against them.
“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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