by Adeola Balogun
A man posing as a customs officer in a bid to sell a car under false pretenses has been apprehended by men of the Ogun State Police Command.
The young man, identified simply as Peter perpetuated fraud against an unsuspecting customer as he informed the buyer that he was disposing of the car through a public auction by the Customs Service.
Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement in Abeokuta, reportedly said that Peter resides at Osomurika Road, Igarra in Edo State, but committed the crime in Agbara, Ogun State.
According to Adejobi, the suspect was, however, arrested at Auchi Edo State on September 16, following a manhunt for his arrest by the police detectives from the Agbara Division of the Command.
He said: “Mr. Amune had already collected N200,000 from his victim, Mr. Johnson Umeugoji, who claimed to have seen the announcement of the auction placed on internet by the suspect.
“The victim paid the money into the bank account of the suspect in Auchi.
“The suspect had told his victim to meet him and his colleagues at Agbara for the public auction, purportedly carried out by Customs.
“The victim, who eventually realised that he had been duped, reported the matter at the Agbara division and the DPO, Ayo Sonubi, swung into action, leading to the suspect’s arrest.
“The suspect has confessed that he belongs to a syndicate that specializes in duping people using such methods.
“The Command is intensifying efforts to arrest the other members of the syndicate. He will be charged to the magistrate’s court, Agbara, as soon as investigation is concluded.”