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Police nab suspected internet fraudster for alleged theft of car, N30m



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The operatives of the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos have nabbed a suspected internet fraudster, Joshua Olawuyi, for allegedly obtaining a vehicle under false pretences and stealing N30 million.

The Zonal Public Relations Officer, SP. Umma Ayuba, in a statement on Thursday, confirmed the arrest.

The PPRO said that the command, under the leadership of Mr Olatoye Durosinmi, the Assistant Inspector-general of Police, arrested the suspect after receiving a petition from the petitioner.

She said, “Based on a petition received from Adesuwa  Ogizie, female,  a US-based licensed car dealer; that sometime in 2016,  Olawuyi contacted her to purchase a Mercedes Benz GLE 350 valued at N30 million.

“Olawuyi deceived her stating that he had instructed his brother Jude Hanslem to make payment on his behalf.

“After the vehicle was delivered to the suspect in Nigeria; the petitioner discovered that the money paid into her account was the proceeds of fraud.”

He said that a team of detectives attached to the Zonal Anti-Kidnapping Unit Zone 2 command, led by SP Abass Gadzama (O/C ZAKU) swung into action and apprehended the suspect.

“The suspect was arrested and he volunteered his statement where he confessed to the crime.

“He claimed he was into internet fraud at the time he committed the offence and that the Mercedes Benz GLE 350 has been sold and the proceeds converted, “he said.

The PPRO said an investigation is ongoing further findings would be communicated, and the suspect will be prosecuted accordingly upon completion of investigation. (NAN)


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