Suspects had cajoled victim with fake dollars and defrauded him of N10,000
Two men suspected to be fraudsters have been arrested by the Police Lagos State Command Rapid Response Squad (RRS) for allegedly defrauding members of the public of their money and other valuables around Ojota area of the state .
The police said arrests of the suspects was part of its effort to rid Lagos metropolis of criminals in preparation for the festive period. T
he fraudsters, Jerry Etiobho, 33 from Uromi, Edo State and Emeka Ogu,29 from Embize, Imo State had escaped from their victim, Lawan Muhammed, but RRS officers chased and arrested them.
Police source said the suspects had on Saturday November, 21 accosted Lawan an indigene of Borno State around Ojota pretending to be seeking his assistance.
Our source said Etiobho, had pretended to be an importer whose goods were seized by the Nigerian Customs and lied to Lawan that he had a lot of dollars to change to naira.
In his confession Lawan said, ‘they collected my phones and N10,000 and also directed me to go and help them to change one US dollar in Ikeja. I was on my way , when I realized that they were fraudsters” .
“ I turned back to collect all they had taken from me and to return their one dollar. it was at this point that they took to their heels and I alerted the RRS operatives who were on duty and they were arrested’.
The lead suspect, Jerry Etiobho, confessed to the crime ‘I convinced the victim that my consignment containing laptop, desktop computers and office equipments were impounded by the Nigerian Customs, and that what I have on me were foreign currencies” .
“ I told him to go and help me to change one dollar while I collected his staphones and N10,000. He agreed and then later turned back to demanded a refund but we escaped’” ,
Etiobho, a Ambrose Alli University drop – out said he joined the business when he was defrauded and that he makes between N50,000 to N100,000 in every operation “
Our areas of operations are Ikeja Under Bridge, Allen, Opebi, Coca Cola, Ojota and Maryland” he said .
His accomplice, Emeka Ogu, said.He has spent ten months in this business “ I want God to forgive me and save my life because most of my colleagues in the business have died mysteriously” .
The suspects have been charged to court.
Commander of the RRS, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Olatunji Disu in his comment has advised Lagosians to be wary of strangers , who use very tempting offers to defraud them , especially as the New Year approaches .
He said the RRS would not relent on its efforts to make Lagos a safe and secured place for law abiding people.
– Xavier Ndanyongmong