May 25, 2024

May 25, 2024

Kwara: Suspected Impostor In EFCC Net

An imposter, Akogun Rasheed Usman, alleged to have been posing as an officer of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been arrested.

The alleged fraudster, according to the Ilorin Zonal Command of EFCC, has been defrauding victims on the pretext that he could help them procure a soft landing regarding their cases with the anti-graft agency.

However, the bubble burst for the scammer when the Ilorin Command of the Commission received intelligence regarding his criminal activities.

According to the intelligence, Usman, who hails from Babanla in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, claimed to be an EFCC officer and obtained N500,000 from one Mrs Khadizah Abdullahi, a parent of two of the suspects detained by the commission over internet fraud offences.

After his arrest on Thursday, March 27, 2024, at the General Hospital, Taiwo-Oke area, Ilorin, he also claimed to be a staff of the Library Department of the Kwara State College of Education, Oro.

His victim, Mrs. Abdullahi, said she became agitated when the suspect failed to have her two sons, held in custody by EFCC, released on bail to her as promised.

According to the commission: “Firstly, she said Akogun and her went through the same security screening while at EFCC office, a situation that made her wonder why it should be so if truly he was an officer of the Commission as he claimed! She also noticed that while in EFCC office to perfect the phoney bail, the self-styled EFCC staff neither received nor gave salutes or compliments to fellow officers, as compliments are a tradition in all security and law enforcement agencies.”

She added that rather than have her sons released to her, the suspects took her to a location outside the office to receive the said N500,000 and also demanded more money to perfect the bail.

It was in the process of collecting an additional N200,000 that the long arm of the law caught up with him.

According to EFCC, the suspect will be charged in court upon the conclusion of the ongoing investigations.

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