Police Arrest Internet Fraudster For Alleged Car, N30m Theft


Operatives of the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos have arrested a suspected internet fraudster, Joshua Olawuyi, for allegedly obtaining a vehicle under false pretences and stealing N30 million.

The Zonal Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) SP Umma Ayuba, confirmed the story in a statement on yesterday in Lagos. She said that the command, under the leadership of the Assistant Inspector -General of Police, Mr. Olatoye Durosinmi, arrested the suspect after receiving a petition from the petitioner about the suspect.

“Based on a petition received from Adesuwa Ogizie, female, a US based licensed car dealer; that sometimes in 2016, Olawuyi contacted her to purchase a Mercedes Benz GLE 350 valued at N30 million.

“Olawuyi deceived her stating that he had instructed his brother Jude Hanslem to make payment on his behalf, after purchasing the car “After the vehicle was delivered to the suspect in Nigeria; the petitioner discovered that the money paid into her account was the proceeds of fraud.”

Ayuba said after receiving the petition a team of detectives attached to Zonal Anti-Kidnapping Unit Zone 2 command, led by SP Abass Gadzama, swung into action and apprehended the suspect. “The suspect was arrested and he volunteered his statement where he confessed to the crime.

“He claimed he was into internet fraud at the time he committed the offence and that the Mercedes Benz GLE 350 has been sold and the proceeds converted, “he said. Ayuba said investigation is ongoing and further findings would be communicated, and suspects will be prosecuted accordingly upon completion of investigation.

In a similar vein, one Shokoti Roborth, a cross border gunrunner was arrested by a team of detectives attached to the Zonal strike force. Ayuba said the suspect was arrested after being trail and he was picked up somewhere in Atan area of Ogun State.

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