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  • Updated: February 26, 2024

Police nab 45-year-old man for stealing 18 bags of rice

Police nab 45-year-old man for stealing 18 bags of rice

The Enugu Police Command has apprehended a 45-year-old man for deceiving a businessman into providing him with 18 bags of rice, purportedly for distribution to the needy.

According to The PUNCH, the command's spokesperson, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, reported on Monday that the suspect, identified as Nnamani Joseph, was arrested on February 20, 2024, in Emene. 

It was discovered that he had repackaged and sold 10 bags of the rice at Orie Emene Market, Enugu. The suspect allegedly approached the businessman on February 14, 2024, Valentine's Day, at a church premises in Ogui, Enugu, requesting the rice worth N400,000 under the guise of using it for charity at the same church. 

The businessman, trusting his intentions, supplied the rice and even accompanied the suspect to the bank for a supposed bank transfer payment, unaware of the fraudulent scheme.

It was gathered that while the businessman was waiting in the banking hall for the suspect to effect the payment, he secretly left the bank, went back to the church, and made away with the bags of rice to an unknown destination. Marry Office – Lover After Getting Educated By Wife

The man quickly reported the incident to the police in Ogui Division.

Ndukwe said, “But for the swift response of police operatives serving in the Ogui Police Division of Enugu State Command, one Nnamani Joseph ‘m’, aged 45, would have successfully defrauded a businessman of 18 bags of rice valued at about N400,000.00, under the guise of buying and using the rice for charity at a church.

The man quickly reported the incident to the police in Ogui Division.

Confirming the incident to our correspondent on Monday, the command’s spokesman, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, said that the suspect was arrested on February 20, 2024, at Emene where he had re-bagged and sold 10 bags at Orie Emene Market, Enugu.

Ndukwe said, “But for the swift response of police operatives serving in the Ogui Police Division of Enugu State Command, one Nnamani Joseph ‘m’, aged 45, would have successfully defrauded a businessman of 18 bags of rice valued at about N400,000.00, under the guise of buying and using the rice for charity at a church.

The man quickly reported the incident to the police in Ogui Division.

Confirming the incident to our correspondent on Monday, the command’s spokesman, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, said that the suspect was arrested on February 20, 2024, at Emene where he had re-bagged and sold 10 bags at Orie Emene Market, Enugu.

Ndukwe said, “But for the swift response of police operatives serving in the Ogui Police Division of Enugu State Command, one Nnamani Joseph ‘m’, aged 45, would have successfully defrauded a businessman of 18 bags of rice valued at about N400,000.00, under the guise of buying and using the rice for charity at a church.

“The suspect, however, could not run or hide for so long, as the police operatives, upon receiving the report, embarked on an intelligence-driven investigation, which led to his arrest on February 20, 2024, at Emene, Enugu.”

“Eight out of the 18 25 kg bags of rice were recovered from him, after he had re-bagged and sold the other bags at Oye Emene Market, Enugu.”

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