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Police arrest suspected serial fraudster in Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has arrested a suspected serial fraudster who specialises in impersonating Legal practitioners and Senior Law enforcement Officers to swindle unsuspecting members of the public.

A statement released by the Command spokesperson, DSP Josephine Adeh, said following a series of petitions and reports at various formations and units of the Police command, the Imposter, Olakunle Adesola, a 61-year-old resident of liberty Estate, by spring road, AMAC, Abuja, was finally arrested on Sunday, November 20, by the command’s intelligence asset attached to the Anti-violent Crime section of the State Criminal investigations department (SCID ) at our lady Queen of cathedral church, Area III, where scores of unsuspecting worshippers have reportedly been defrauded.

“The suspect’s modus operandi is to impersonate a senior Police Officer between the ranks of Commissioner and Assistant Inspector General of Police, top-ranking EFCC officials, and legal practitioner who owns a law firm by the name Dr Kunle Adeshola & Associates, has successfully defrauded many to the tune of about N10 million,” Mrs Adeh explained.

When interviewed, the suspect confessed to having been a perpetrator of the “criminal enterprise” as far back as the year 1980, she said.

Upon his arrest, several forged documents, unissued Police gear, Tear gas cannisters, and forged academic documents from various learning institutions were recovered from the suspect.

The Command spokesperson added that “while discrete investigation and effort to apprehend co-perpetrators of this criminal enterprise are ongoing”, the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, Babaji Sunday “wishes to categorically state that the suspect has absolutely no past or present affiliation with the Police in status or otherwise and at any level”.

She advised Members of the public to be “weary of such unscrupulous elements who parade themselves in such manner as the above or any other in other to defraud” unsuspecting citizens.

The statement also said while “painstaking effort is being deployed” to safeguard the populace, people were advised to maintain “vigilance and report suspicious activities” to the police via the following emergency numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883; while the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) desk could be reached at 0902 222 2352.

Writing by Fany Olumoye