Faith Aghaeze, Abuja
Police Headquarters has announced the busting of a specialised crime syndicate with expertise in threat-for-extortion telephone calls, in Abuja.
Parading the syndicate in Abuja Wednesday, Force Spokesman, Dan Awunah, said they specialised in calling highly placed Nigerians on telephone and threatening to harm them if they do not part with huge sums.
Awunah, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, said the syndicate was busted following a rigorous investigative process.
He gave names of the syndicate members as Abdulrahman Shaibu, Isiaku Maheed Zanbuk and Hassan Haruna.
“On the 1st August, 2016”, Awunah said, “the above mentioned suspects were tracked, trailed and arrested by Police’s operatives attached to the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team, (IRT) Force Headquarters, Abuja, subsequent to several complaints received from well-meaning individuals and highly placed personalities in Abuja of serious threat to their lives, intimidation and attempts to defraud them of huge sums of money.
“The syndicate specialises in sending test messages and calling highly placed individuals such as Honourable Ministers, Senators, Governors, Captains of industry etc on phone demanding for huge sums of money or else the victims should await grievous consequences if they failed to comply.
“Abdulrahman Shaibu 21 yrs, who is the leader of the gang was arrested during a rigorous and painstaking investigation into the crime. His arrest led to the arrest of Isiaku Maheed Zanbuk ‘M” 47 yrs and Hassan Haruna ‘M’ 35yrs who is also key members of the syndicate.
“The three suspects confessed to the crime and explained to the investigators various roles played by each of them in the perpetration of this criminal act and other related crimes they have committed in the past.
“Exhibits recovered from their possession included phone containing the SIM card/number used to threaten the complainant; copies of letters of threat to life addressed to highly placed Nigerians; Copies of letters of fraud addressed to well-meaning individuals and cooperate bodies soliciting for monetary assistance for non-existing tragedies and projects and list of names and phone numbers/contact of hundreds of important personalities in public and private sectors in Nigeria.
“They will be arraigned in Court on completion of investigation”, he added.