NIGERIA: EX CONVICT ARRESTED FOR IMPERSONATING OGUN DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
The suspect Surajudeen Adeleke Balogun Photo NPF
London, Feb. 18, 2018 (AltAfrika)-An ex convict, Surajudeen Adeleke Balogun has been arrested by men of Ogun state police command, in Nigeria for impersonating Ogun state director of finance on Facebook.
The suspect, a fashion designer from ijebu ode in Ogun state, according to police spokesperson, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, posed on Facebook as an NNPC staff with the picture of the said finance director through which he has been defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.
The Police said the 46yr old suspect had earlier been arrested for similar offence when he duped one Bimpe Akinmade of N950,000 having claimed to be an NNPC staff based in Port Harcourt and that the woman should borrow him the said amount to secure the release of his brother who is being detained at Ibara prison with the promise to refund her when he comes back to Abeokuta.
He came to meet the victim under the pretence of running an errand for the Port Harcourt based man, collected the money and blocked the woman on his Facebook page.
He was later traced and arrested by the police and charged to court and subsequently sentenced to prison term.
However, police said, as soon as he came out of prison, he started his nefarious activities again and luck ran against him when he was trying to defraud another woman on Facebook under the same guise. Unknown to him, the woman is a police officer.
The officer played along with him until Saturday 17th of January, when he was arrested while trying to collect money from the woman.
On interrogation, he owned up to the commission of the crime, and informed the police that he downloaded the picture of the finance director and use it as his DP in order to deceive his victims.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of police, Ahmed Iliyasu has ordered that the case be thoroughly investigated and charged to court as soon as possible.
He appealed to members of the public to beware of fraudsters on social media.