Facebook user, Loveday Ugochukwu, who specialises in defrauding policemen and members of the public by parading himself as a senior officer has been arrested .
His victims included policemen seeking promotion and officers, who wanted to participate in peacekeeping missions outside Nigeria. .
It was learnt that Ugochukwu met his match recently after he impersonated the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to defraud a contractor, Shuaibu Semion, of N800,000.The 31-year-old man had reportedly collected the money from Semion on the pretext of helping him to renew a contract involving supply of gas to the Nigeria Police Force.
City Round gathered that Ugochukwu also acted as the protocol officer to the fake IGP, to perpetrate the fraud. .
Punch learnt that Semion got trapped in the fraudulent act in January 2019 when he hooked up with Ugochukwu, who presented himself as the IG on Facebook.Ugochukwu reportedly asked him to pay a sum of N800,000 into the protocol officer’s account to prepare the “documents” for the renewal of the contract. .
It later dawned on Semion that he had been defrauded when the protocol officer started acting strangely on the phone after receiving the payment.
City Round learnt that Semion reported the fraud at the office of IGP Intelligence Response Team in Abuja and a team of detectives were mobilised to track down the suspect and his alleged accomplice, one Ugochukwu Ohia. .
A police source told punch that the complainant was asked to play along with Ugochukwu, who demanded more money.A few days after the case was reported to the police, Ugochukwu was said to have called the contractor again asking for additional money.
The contractor reportedly offered Ugochukwu N30,000, asking the suspect to meet him at the Abuja Central Business District to collect the money. .
. “Ugochukwu called his accomplice, Ohia, a cab driver, and they went to the agreed location.They later sensed danger and attempted to escape in their vehicle but IRT operatives, who had lain in ambush, gave them a chase and apprehended them.
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