Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) has arrested an amputee and three other suspected fraudsters for allegedly impersonating top government functionaries.
The suspects, who were presented yesterday at the Force Headquarters, were said to have posed at various times as Senate President, Bukola Saraki, former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, to extort their unsuspecting victims to the tune of N20 million. The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Jimoh Moshood, disclosed this in a statement.
He said: “On Tuesday, the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) arrested these notorious suspected criminals who posed as Chief of Staff to President, Senate President, National Security Adviser to President, Minister of Petroleum, Minister of Finance, Minister of Transport, Chief Bola Tinubu, and many other prominent Nigerians.
“In a coordinated operation in synergy with the Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU) after a painstaking and sustained surveillance by IRT the suspects were arrested. The four-man gang notorious syndicate led by one High Chief Ovie Ogo (Eze Ireoma of Omoku-Rivers State) was arrested at a hotel in Kaduna State.
“All the suspects (allegedly) confessed to the crime admit- ting to have impersonated several prominent citizens and made over N20 million from their criminal acts within the last six months before they were arrested. “Investigation is being intensified to arrest the other suspects at large while those arrested will be charged to court on completion of investigation.”
The FPRO listed the names of the suspects as: High Chief Ovie Ogo (47) native of Ekpan in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, Abdullazeez Eragbe (40) native of Ikabigbo in Esako West Local Government Area of Edo State, Babatunde Oshamoto (49) native of Iyamoye, Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, Samuel Idah (25) native of Uromi, Esan North-East Local Government Area of Edo State and Prince Attah aka Maurice based in the United Kingdom (who is at large).
Items recovered included 14 assorted GSM sets, all with SIM cards registered with the names of top government officials and other prominent Nigerians. Several extra registered SIM cards, a diary containing phone numbers of several top government officials and prominent persons in the country were also recovered from the suspects
Police arrest another gang member of Zenith Bank robbery
The Imo State Police Command has arrested a member of the four-man robbery gang that attacked a customer at Zenith Bank in Owerri, killing two policemen.
The suspect, Chinomso Onwuegbuchulam, popularly known as Ogolo, was arrested at his hideout at Close 7 Mgbuakara, Eleparanwan in Rivers.
The Commissioner of Police in Imo, Mr Chris Ezike, who paraded the suspect on Friday in Owerri, described Onwuegbuchulam as the last man standing in the robbery gang.
He said that Onwuegbuchulam had a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the Imo State University.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the four-man robbery gang attacked a customer at Zenith Bank, Owerri in February last year, killing two on-duty police officers.
The police had, however, arrested two out of the four gang members, days after the incident, recovering three AK47 riffles and 175 rounds of ammunition, while one member of the gang was killed during the robbery.
Ezike said that operatives of the command had been trailing the Onwuegbuchulam, who had been on the run since the incident.
Speaking to NAN on the sidelines at his parade, Onwuegbuchulam said that he had been into robbery since 2012.
He said that he was the one, who snatched N2.8 million from the customer at Zenith Bank.
Onwuegbuchulam disclosed further that he got N400, 000 as his share in the robbery, while the remaining money was shared among other gang members and the informant. (NAN)
53 persons jailed for life for 2013 bombing
A court in Turkey sentenced a man to 53 life sentences for a 2013 bombing which killed 53 people near the border with Syria, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Friday.
The bombing in Reyhanli was, at the time, the deadliest spillover of violence from Syria into Turkey.
Five children were killed.
The court case did not settle the question of whether Nasir Eskiocak, the main suspect, operated on behalf of any organization.
The suspect was arrested about a month after the bombing, trying to escape to Syria. (dpa/NAN)
Woman dies in church after giving testimony
A hairdresser died in the church immediately after giving testimonies before the congregation at Universal Church of God.
The deceased, simply identified as Mpofu attended a church service at Bulawayo area of Zimbabwe where she gave a testimony thanking God for the wonders He had done in her life.
According to reports by B-metro, Mpofu slumped immediately after sharing her testimony and died in the church.
A close relative who asked for anonymity told the media that they were very disappointed and confused as they were not sure if the testimony was the reason behind Mpofu’s death.
“It is very sad that our family member died this way. She was someone who was a dedicated church member which now turns to be a surprise that she died in the house which she thought was the safest,” said the relative.
“What is more surprising is when all this happened the church did not notify us that she had collapsed choosing to keep her for six hours. We do not know why they kept her in church when they were aware that her condition was critical, that is why we are suspecting foul play,” he continued.
The deceased’s husband left mourners in shock when he asked all church members to leave the funeral.
It was clear that he wanted nothing to do with Universal Church members and their pastors.
A pastor who declined to be named said they did not bother attending the funeral as they were not on good terms with Mpofu’s family. Mpofu was buried on Monday.
Efforts to get a comment from the church on the incident involving their deceased member were fruitless as a pastor that invited B-Metro over for a comment asked for written questions that he said would be sent to their lawyers for a response.
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