The Nigeria Police has arrested five impersonators parading themselves as journalists but specialised in duping innocent personalities at social functions of their hard currencies and stealing.
The impersonators are Musa Auwalu (Gang Leader) ‘M’ 43yrs from Nasarawa LGA of Kano state, Kolawole Akinbode ‘M’ 50yrs from Ogun Central LGA of Ogun state,
Umar Tahir Abba, ‘M’ 53yrs from LGA Mubi of Adamawa state, Abdulahi Muhammed ‘M’ 55yrs from Gudunfulani, LGA of Bauchi state and Muhammad sale ‘M’ 60yrs from Ngogo, LGA of Kano state.
A statement by CSP Jimoh Moshood the Police spokesman said that 13 expensive phones were recovered from the impersonators who have fake journalist identity cards from a non existing media houses
The gang leader ,Musa Auwalu, has built a house in Kano from the huge foreign currencies he stole during a wedding of a Very Important Personality last year in Abuja, the statement added.
The Inspector General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team trailed and arrested the above mentioned suspects after complaints of stolen phones from important personalities who attended a prominent wedding in Abeokuta, Ogun State on the 8thJuly, 2017.
They were arrested in different states of the federation namely: Ogun, Edo, Abuja and Kano States and the exhibits recovered from them.
The House built in Kano State from the huge foreign currencies the gang leader stole during a wedding of a Very Important Personality last year in Abuja has been identified. The suspects confessed to the crime and admitted to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the offence.
The suspects confessed further that they specialize in impersonating as Journalists in order to gain access into venues of VIPs events/occasions to steal Handsets, Money and defraud high profile persons and unsuspecting members of the public at the venues of events in major cities in the country.
Investigation is being intensified to arrest other suspects at large. All suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.
Andrew Orolua, Abuja.