The Zamfara State Police Command has arrested two fraudsters who extorted Yar katsina village in Bungudu local government area of the state.
the suspects defrauded the sum of N5m in the name of facilitating deployment of security operatives to the village.
In a statement signed made available to Radio Nigeria in Gusau by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Mohammed Shehu said, the duo were arrested following a complaint received from the villagers.
The suspects arrested include one Lawali Musa ‘Male’ 36 year Old of Jangebe village in Talata Mafara and Jamilu Isah ‘M’ 40 year old of Yar dole area in Gusau LGAs.
“The arrest of the two (2) suspects was made following a complain received from members of Yar Katsina community in Bungudu LGA against the principal suspect Lawali Musa, who deceitfully extorted the community“.
According to the statement, in the course of investigation, the Principal suspect confessed to have collected the sum of five million naira (N5, 000,000) from the community in the name of assisting them to have security agencies deployed to their community.
It notes that the second suspect Jamilu Isah confessed that, the sum of eight hundred thousand naira was deposited into his account.
Other suspects in connection with the offence arebeinginvestigated and would be charged to court , thereafter, to face full wrath of the law, to serve as deterrence to others.
The Command therefore warned that, deployment of security operatives to villages and communities was purely free of charge, and called on all and sundry not to allow any person or group of persons to deceive them in the name of securing deployment of security operatives to their areas.
Reporting by Abdulrazak Kaura; Editing by Tina Oyinsan