A 29-year-old notorious internet fraudster, who specialized in impersonating the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, on the internet, has been arrested by the police for defrauding a Saudi Arabia-based medical doctor, Hassan Alkahallaf of the sum of $10,000.
The suspect, Ekperebuike Akadonye from Imo State contacted his victim, via an email address email@example.com purportedly belonging to the IGP, claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari, in his fight against corruption, had directed the IGP to make a refund to victims who had been defrauded by Nigerians in the past.
Alkahallaf, attached to the Department of Urology, at the Security Forces Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, who had previously been duped by some Nigerian internet fraudsters, believed he was the real IGP of the Nigeria Police Force. The suspect told him to pay the sum of $10,000 before he could get back his lost funds. The money, according to Akadonye, would be used to hire a lawyer to represent since he wasn’t based in Nigeria.
When the suspect stopped communicating with him, Alkahallaf contacted the real IGP through the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Nigeria and made his complaints known on how he has been duped twice by Nigerians.
The IGP swung into action immediately and directed his operatives at the IRT to trail and apprehend the fraudster. Akadonye was trailed to his hometown in Isiala-Mbano where he was arrested. The police also recovered a mobile telephone and laptop used in carrying out the fraud.
In his confessional statement, the suspect claimed that poverty led him to the crime, adding that he was formerly a trader but Imo State government demolished his shops.
“I am a trader and I have my shops in Mbano, but I lost them when they were demolished by our governor and since then I had to look for what to do.”