Police Arrest Gang Of Suspected Fraudsters, Recover Vital Exhibits

Channels Television  
Updated August 2, 2016

Police Arrest, FraudstersThe Nigerian Police has announced its arrest of a gang of suspected notorious fraudsters and recovery of vital exhibits.

Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, said in a statement on Tuesday that the suspects were tracked, trailed and arrested by Police’s operatives attached to the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) on August 1, 2016.

The arrests, according to him were “subsequent to several complaints received from well-meaning individuals and highly placed personalities in Abuja of serious threat to their lives, intimidation and attempts to defraud them of huge sums of money”.

“The syndicate specialises in sending test messages and calling highly placed individuals such as Honourable Ministers, Senators, Governors, Captains of industry etc. on phone demanding for huge sums of money or else the victims should await grievous consequences if they failed to comply.

“Abdulrahman Shaibu 21 yrs., who is the leader of the gang was arrested during a rigorous and painstaking investigation into the crime.

“His arrest led to the arrest of Isiaku Maheed Zanbuk ‘M” 47 yrs. and Hassan Haruna ‘M’ 35 yrs. who are also key members of the syndicate.

“The three suspects confessed to the crime and explained to the investigators, various roles played by each of them in the perpetration of this criminal act and other related crimes they have committed in the past.

“They will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation,” he said.

Exhibits recovered from their possession include:

  1. A phone (handset) containing the SIM card /number used to threaten the complainant.
  2. Copies of letters of threat to life addressed to highly placed Nigerians.
  3. Copies of letters of fraud addressed to well-meaning individuals and cooperate bodies soliciting for monetary assistance for non-existing tragedies and projects.
  4. List of names and phone numbers /contact of hundred of important personalities in public and private sectors in Nigeria.

The Police PRO urged members of the general public to be vigilant and report promptly any threat to the nearest Police Station.