The Federal Capital Territory Police Command says it has arrested a serial fraudster who specializes in impersonating Legal practitioners and Senior Law enforcement Officers to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
A statement on Wednesday by the Command’s Spokesperson, DSP Josephine Adeh, said the arrest follows a series of petitions and reports at various formations and units of the Police Command.
The statement said, the imposter, one Olakunle Adesola, a 61-year-old resident of Liberty Estate by Spring Road AMAC Abuja, was arrested on Sunday, November 20, 2022, by the command’s intelligence asset attached to the Anti-violence Crime Section of the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) at Our Lady Queen of Cathedral Church Area III where scores of unsuspecting worshippers have reportedly been defrauded.
According to Adeh, the suspect’s modus operandi is to impersonate a senior Police Officer between the ranks of Commissioner and Assistant Inspector General of Police, top-ranking EFCC officials, and/or a legal practitioner who owns a law firm by the name of Dr. Kunle Adeshola & Associate.
She said upon the investigation the suspect has successfully defrauded members of the public to the tune of about N10 million before his arrest on Sunday.
The statement further said the suspects when interviewed confessed to having been a perpetrator of this criminal enterprise as far back as the year 1980.
“Upon the arrest, several forged documents, unissued Police gear, Tear gases, and forged academic documents from various learning institutions were recovered in possession of the suspect.
“While discrete investigation and effort to apprehend co-perpetrators of this criminal enterprise are ongoing, the Commissioner of Police FCT Command, CP Babaji Sunday stated categorically that the suspect has no past or present affiliation with the Police in status or otherwise and at any level.
“The CP Sunday, therefore, advised the members of the public to be wary of such unscrupulous elements who parade themselves in such manner as the above or any other to defraud members of the public.
“He also reaffirms the Command’s commitment to bringing crime and criminality in all its forms and expression to the barest minimum. He urged members of the public to maintain vigilance and report suspicious activities to the police through the following emergency numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883, while the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) desk, could be reached at 0902 222 2352