Friday, March 31, 2017
Pics: Amputee, 3 Other Fraudsters Impersonate Tinubu, Saraki, Kachukwu, Adeosun, Others, To Dupe Job Seekers Of N20M
The suspects were identified as; Chief Ovie Ogogo, 47; Abdulazeez Eragbe, 40; Babatunde Oshamoto, 49; and 25-year-old Samuel Idah.
Fourteen phones with SIM cards allegedly registered with names of top government officials were reportedly recovered from the suspects.
They were also accused of impersonating a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi; and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.
Operatives of the Inspector-General of Police, led by ACP Abba Kyari, trailed the syndicate to a hotel in Kaduna State on Tuesday, after receiving complaints from some victims.
''They also posed as the Chief of Staff to the President and collected N2.5m from one Mr. Bishop, who was looking for a contract, and another N700,000 from one Shehu Dan Yahaya, who was seeking a federal appointment.
''They were arrested in a luxury hotel in Kaduna and had confessed to impersonating several prominent citizens.'' The source added.
Another senior Police Officer disclosed to PunchMetro that the suspects confessed to have realised N20m in six months from their criminal activities.
He added that the mastermind of the gang was based in the United Kingdom. He said,
''Ogogo further confessed that they had made over N20m from their criminal activities within the last six months.''
Parading the suspects on Thursday in Abuja, the Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said all the suspects confessed to the crime.
''On March 23, 2017, the Intelligence Response Team arrested these notorious criminals who posed as top government functionaries.
''The four-man syndicate, led by one ‘High Chief’ Ovie Ogogo, was arrested in a hotel in Kaduna State. All the suspects confessed to the crime and admitted to have impersonated several prominent citizens and made over N20m within the last six months.''
The Police said other suspects would soon be arrested, while those in custody would be arraigned in court at the conclusion of investigation.