The Police in Abuja has arrested a 62-year-old man over alleged impersonation and fraud of about N10 million.
This was disclosed through a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT, Josephine Adeh on Wednesday.
She said the suspect was an alleged serial fraudster who was known for impersonating senior police, EFCC officers and legal practitioners.
Adeh further said the suspect was arrested following a series of petitions and reports at various formations and units of the command.
According to her, the suspect was apprehended on Sunday by the command’s intelligence asset attached to the anti-violence crime section of the criminal investigation department at Our Lady Queen of Cathedral Church, Area 3 Abuja, where he has reportedly defrauded scores of unsuspecting worshippers.
“The suspect’s modus operandi is to impersonate a senior police officer between the ranks of a commissioner and assistant inspector general of police.
“He also impersonates top-ranking EFCC officials and/or a legal practitioner who owns a law firm and has successfully defrauded many to the tune of N10,000,000,” she said.
Adeh claimed that the suspect confessed to perpetrating the crime in 1980.
She disclosed that upon his arrest, several forged documents, unissued police gear, tear gas and forged academic documents from various institutions of learning were recovered from him.
She revealed that investigations and efforts were being intensified to apprehend his co-perpetrators and explained that the suspect had no past or present affiliation with the police.
Adeh urged the public to be wary of such people who engage in impersonation for fraudulent purposes.