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UNIILORIN Students In Police Net Over Fraud

Posted: Jul 13, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Oladele Ogunsola Ibadan.

An undergraduate of the University of Ilorin in Kwara State, Tope Oni  accused of using fake bank draft and manipulated SMS alerts to dupe car dealers in Ibadan has been arrested.

While parading the suspect on Thursday at the Oyo State Command Headquarters of the Nigeria Police, Eleyele, Ibadan, the State Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Katsina said that the Ambush Squad of the Command arrested the suspect during an attempt to defraud one Monsuru Buhari.

Katsina said that Buhari who was a car dealer at the Mokola area of Ibadan had alerted police when he suspected a foul play in the course of his transactions with the young man.

The police boss said, “we have decided to redirect our operations in not just to identify them, but to deal with them decisively. It was in one of our operational duties that we had encounter with Tope Oni.

“Our Ambush Squad came to the rescue of Buhari after alerting us about Tope, whom he suspected was a fraudster. After our findings, we discovered his fraudulent acts”, he said.

27-year old suspect, while speaking to newsmen, said he was introduced into the fraudulent business last year after his failed attempts to be gainfully employed to pay his tuition while in school.

“I started this business last year through a friend that introduced me into it. I have so far duped many car dealers.”

Katsina however said that a counter-foil deposit slip for the sum of N2.7m from Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB) was recovered from the suspect.

In a related development, a gang of alleged kidnappers and ritualists was also paraded by the Police Commissioner, who used the opportunity to advise commuters to be on constant vigilance before boarding vehicles.

“Some of these kidnappers pose as passengers and some innocent people have ended up in their mobile den.”

The suspected kidnappers include one 44-year old Ekwueme Iti and Anthony Isreal, 42, both from Abia Sate and Cosmos Anwanolue, 45 was from Imo State.

Katsina said, “I would also use this opportunity to call on the state government and other stakeholders to make it mandatory for all commercial cab drivers to paint their vehicles in commercial colours with identified code numbers”

He said that the idea would help the police in their investigations and ensure that the perpetrators were quickly identified just as he reassured members of the public that the police would not relent in their efforts in ensuring that law and order reigned in the society.