Police nab fake journalists who have built houses from robbing VIPs

Police parade fake journalists

The Nigerian Police Force have arrested five criminals who pose as journalists in to dispossess unsuspecting victims of their valuables.

Jimoh Moshood, the Police Public Relations Officer, said the suspects were arrested from different parts of the country including Abuja, Edo Ekiti and Ogun States.

Moshood stated that the “unscrupulous suspects” are notorious for “impersonating journalists to gain access into venues of public/private events to commit crime and dispossess unsuspecting VIPs of huge sums of money, foreign currencies, handsets and other valuables”.

“The gang leader 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,” he said in a statement.

“The Inspector General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team trailed and arrested the suspects after complaints of stolen phones from important personalities who attended a prominent wedding in Abeokuta, Ogun State on the 8th July, 2017.”

The names of the suspects were given as: 43-year-old Musa Auwalu (gang leader) from Nasarawa LGA of Kano state; 50-year-old Kolawole Akinbode from Ogun Central LGA of Ogun State, and 53-year-old Umar Tahir Abba, from Mubi LGA of Adamawa state.

Others are 55-year-old Abdulahi Muhammed from Gudunfulani, LGA of Bauchi state and 60-year-old Muhammad Sale from Ngogo, LGA of Kano state.

Moshood said items recovered from the suspects include “13 Expensive Phones” and “Fake Journalist ID Cards from a non-existing media houses”.



    “They were arrested in different states of the federation, namely: Ogun, Edo, Abuja and Kano States,” the statement read.

    “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.”

    Moshood added that there are other suspects still at large but that efforts are on to arrest them, after which all of them will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.

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