Amputee, 3 others arrested for impersonating Tinubu, Saraki, ministers of petroleum and finance


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Operatives of the Police Intelligence Response Team have arrested a gang of criminals specialising in defrauding foreigners using the names of high profile politicians in the country.

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The suspects have been parading themselves as Special Advisers to Chief of Staff to the President, national security adviser, minister of petroleum, minister of Finance, Chief Bola Tinubu, Senate President Bukola Saraki and others.

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The criminals were said to have registered sim cards with the names of these high profile personalities in the country and used them to defraud people of millions of Naira.

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The 4-man syndicate is led by one High Chief Ovie Ogogo, 47, who impersonates prominent citizens from the South South and South East. Others members are: Abdulazeez Eragbe, 40, who impersonates prominent citizens from the North.

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Babatunde Oshamoto, 49, who impersonates prominent persons from the South West and North Central and Samuel Idah, 25, who supplies them with sim cards registered with the names of the prominent citizens were all arrested in a luxury hotel in Kaduna State by IRT.

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The suspects confessed to have made over N20m from their criminal activities within the last 6 months. They also allegedly mentioned one Prince Maurice based in the United Kingdom as their overall gang leader.  

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Exhibits recovered from the suspects included 14 different phones, all with SIM cards registered with the names of top government officials and several extra registered Sim cards.

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