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  • Updated: February 24, 2024

Ilorin: NSCDC arrests 28-year-old man for impersonation, fraud

Ilorin: NSCDC arrests 28-year-old man for impersonation, fra

Muhammed Jamiu Maruf, 28, has been detained by the NSCDC's Kwara State Command for alleged impersonation and fraud.

Umar Mohammed, the Kwara State Commandant of Civil Defence Corps, paraded the suspect who is from Gbaaku, Okoolowo area of Ilorin city in Ilorin on Friday.

Mohammed shared that the suspect was detained on Monday, February 19, 2024, following a complaint filed by Mallam Zakariyahu Maruf accusing him of making unauthorised transfers from his account.

During the arrest, three complete sets of Nigerian Army uniforms, three cutlasses and one red electric motorcycle were allegedly taken from the suspect.

According to preliminary investigations, the suspect has terrorised the community by exploiting and extorting money from the public, despite never having served in the Nigerian army.

Investigations discovered that the suspect bought an electric motorbike from "Mr. Dangote" in Lagos for 500,000. He paid ₦100,000 and then banned the seller's contact to avoid paying the remaining balance of ₦400,000.

According to Commandant Umar, the suspect has admitted to the offence and will be charged and taken before a competent court for prosecution.

He cautioned people to keep an eye out for persons who scam and deceive others and to always be attentive.

To prevent further harm and protect society from such dishonest schemes, the commandant emphasised the importance of reporting any suspicious conduct to the appropriate authorities.

In a related report, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Imo State apprehended two individuals suspected of belonging to a cult and engaging in ritualistic practices.

According to Imo NSCDC commandant, Matthew Ovye, the suspects were apprehended by the Command’s Rapid Response Squad along the Okigwe road in Owerri.

They were in the process of forcibly robbing a second-year student of Imo State University, identified as Neme, of her possessions as she made her way to campus.

Ovye disclosed that the suspects had used charms to manipulate their victim and were on the verge of stealing her belongings before his team intervened. The suspects are currently in custody pending further investigation. 

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