A four-man gang posing as Senate President Bukola Saraki, National Leader of All Progressive Congress, APC, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Minister of State, Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, and some other bigwigs to dupe unsuspecting Nigerians have been arrested.
The syndicate, who were arrested in Abuja by the Police Intelligence Response Team after surveillance and tracking were paraded at the Force Headquarters.
According to Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood, among those the suspects impersonated are, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari; Senator Bukola Saraki, Bola Tinubu, the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; Minister of State, Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu; Finance and Transport Ministers.
CSP Moshood said: “On February 28, the IGP Intelligence Response Team, IRT, cracked the gang and arrested the members, who posed as prominent Nigerians.
“The leader of the four-man notorious syndicate, one High Chief Ovie Ogo, was arrested in a hotel in Kaduna State.
“High Chief Ogo, 47, is a native of Omoku, Rivers State, who impersonates prominent citizens from the South-South and South-East.
“Abdulazeez Eragbe, 40, who was born and brought up in Kaduna, and speaks Hausa fluently, impersonates prominent citizens from the North.
“Babatunde, 49, impersonates prominent citizens from the South-West and North Central, while Samuel Idah, 25, supplies them with SIM cards registered with the names of the prominent citizens.
“All the suspects confessed to the crime, claiming to have made over N20,000,000 from their acts within the last six months. “Chief Ogo further confessed that he posed as the National Security Adviser and collected N13,000,000 from a Ghanaian, who wanted an oil block in Nigeria.
“The gang also posed as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and collected N4,000,000 from a man seeking Federal Government’s appointment. “They equally posed as Chief of Staff to the President and collected N2,500,000 from another individual, who was looking for a contract.
“The suspects again posed as the Chief of Staff to President and collected N700,000 from a young man, who was also seeking a Federal Government appointment.
“Investigation is on to arrest the other suspects, while those arrested will be charged to court on completion of investigation.”
Moshood said items recovered from the suspects included 14 assorted GSM sets, all with SIM cards registered with the names of top government officials and other prominent Nigerians.