The Ogun State Police Command have arrested Abiodun Joseph, 26, for opening WhatsApp and Facebook accounts using the picture of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi Adeyeye, to dupe unsuspecting members of the public.
Parading the suspect alongside other suspects, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, said the suspect was arrested while perfecting his plan to dupe another individual after defrauding two persons of N600,000.
“On Wednesday, an information was received about a man impersonating the Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi Adeyeye, on Facebook and WhatsApp platforms to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
“Upon information, Policemen attached to Ijebu Ode Area Command swung into action and subsequently arrested one Abiodun Joseph, 26,” the commissioner said.
The suspect confessed to the crime while being paraded.
“I opened a WhatsApp and Facebook accounts using the Ooni’s picture and I have duped two people to the tune of N600,000, though I am regretting my action.
“When I left secondary school, I had no sponsor to allow me further my education, so I learned how to repair phones and computers. That is what I have been doing before I was arrested by the Police for impersonation,” he said.
The command also paraded two other suspects for armed robbery and kidnapping, while another was allegedly killed after a gun duel with the police.
“Today, April 24, some hoodlums numbering about eight came to Obalende at Ijebu Ode with the intent to attack and kidnap expatriate of 6×6 quarry, they came in a truck with some of them dressed in full military uniform.
“But they were accosted by our anti robbery team from Obalende who engaged them in a gun duel, at the end of the encounter, one of them was fatally injured, one arrested and others fled,” the commissioner of Police stated.
Items recovered from the suspects were two pump action guns, four locally made single barrel gun, 75 live cartridges and sum of 87,600 naira.
While assuring members of the general public of their safety, the Commissioner of Police, however, sought the cooperation and understanding of residents on intelligence sharing and information that could lead to the arrest of criminals in the state.