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Man Who Dresses In Hijab Arrested

Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni said he was disturbed with complaints about a ‘lady’ who defrauded men at the CMS and Ikoyi area of the state

The Police in Lagos have arrested a man who dressed like woman to defraud men.

The suspect was arrested by Policemen attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Panti Yaba after complaints of his escapades by members of the public.

The suspect a 20 – year – old man identified as Hussein Diyaya Alam from Kano State is being interrogated by the police Unit.

Lagos State Commissioner of police Fatia Owoseni said Alam has been going on with his fraudulent act but luck ran out of him when one of his victims identified as Hasimu Soli whom he had allegedly obtained N15,000 under false pretence that he was going to befriend him.

The suspect had escaped into thin air but was again sighted at the CMS area of the state on November 15th and a quarrel ensued which led the police from the Lion Building Police station to arrest the two men.

Owoseni said “ On Sunday 15th of November, at CMS , Lagos,a patrol team attached to the Lion Building Police Division arrested the suspect, who went about bearing a woman’s name, Kadijat,but dressed in Muslim hijab. T he suspect met one Hassimu of No. 25, Iyana Street, Ajegunle and agreed to a relationship and had falsely obtained the sum of N15,000 from Mr. Soli under the guise of marrying him . Mr. Soli had wanted to take Kadijat (suspect) home, but he refused with various excuses.

“While they were dragging themselves at the CMS Bus Stop, policemen from Lion Building, who were on patrol, saw them and intervened.

“They were taken to the police station for causing breach of public peace.

“At the station, Hassimu alleged that the suspect had collected about N15,000 from him with a promise to marry him.

“Soli was shocked to hear the confession of the suspect that he is a man disguised in women’s outfit to defraud men”

According to police sources , the givsuspect confessed that he had been into the business for about two years and that he had defrauded many men in Lagos of unspecified amount of money.

The Suspect who claimed he only speaks Hausa fluently said. “My real name is Hussieni Biyaya from Teke town in Kano State.I relocated to Lagos early this year and I live at Bode Thomas Street, Onipanu. I dress like a woman because I look like a woman but my major aim is to deceive men to give me money. I decided to relocate to Lagos so that people who know me in kano state will not identify me. I usually stand at Ojuelegba and CMS areas to look for men”.

In his own side the victim, Mr. Soli said “ I met the suspect at Obalande sometime this year. He was standing at Obalende begging for alms. He was dressed in a hijab and painted his face. I noticed him there always begging because I sell satchet water in the area. One day, I walked up to him and asked him to date me. I thought he is a woman and I told him that he was too beautiful to beg. I gave him N500 that day and we exchanged phone numbers. It got to a point that we became good friends but each time I told him to follow me home he decline. I told him I want to marry him so I took him to see my family at Apapa. After that incident , I did not see him again and he stopped picking my phone calls.

I was lucky to see him again , I saw him one day begging and I traced him to his area at Onipanu but I could not locate the exact house he entered. I asked someone passing and he told me that my girlfriend was a man. Since then I have been trying to catch him so that he can return the N15,000 he collected from me .God heard my prayer and I ran into him at CMS and the police arrested us”.

–   Xavier Ndanyongmong

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