Police in Anambra have arrested a man who has been posing as an aide to the Assistant Inspector General of Police to commit fraud amounting to millions of naira.
Izuchukwu Nwabueze, of Ukpo in Dunukofia local government area was arrested by operatives attached to CID Zone 13 in Ukpo.
“Impersonation gave him opportunity to defraud unsuspecting traders and bourgeoisie in Anambra State of their hard-earned money,” said police spokesperson DSP Nkeiruka Nwode.
According to Nwode, the suspect claimed to be raising funds for the furnishing of an unknown residential quarters and for the installation of a sound-proof generating set for the AIG Zone 13 Ukpo.
“He cornered Hon. Sir Chris Okeke, High Chief Nwaigwe, and Daniel both of G20 Foundation Awka, and collected N7.3 million.
He also obtained with false pretence from the following persons: Sir Chidi Igor Okoye N240,000 ,Benson okoye N185,000,Umugama village N100,000, Prince Okoyeze N100,000. Chukwudi OkekeN210,000, Prof Anika Sylvanus N50,000.
Others are Chief Nnamdi Egbuha Gas cylinder, Engr Ndubuisi Onwuakpa, and One horse power Air Conditioner.
The Suspect also defrauded the sum of N1,000,000 from one Ifeanyi Umeh Lovelyn on behalf of the Anglican Bishop of Awka; Alexander Ibezim” she added.
According to her,the suspect had also approached Mr. Akunwata Chuka Modebe to join him in the forum he created to support the creation and activities of the newly created Zone 13 Police headquarters and allegedly convinced him to pay the sum of N1million on the 1st of September 2020 which he paid into his Fidelity bank account.
He also approached, one Mr. Stanley Chibuzor, the CEO Brost Global Resources and collected the sum of N500,000 from him to allegedly enlist him in his Stakeholders forum, another N370,000 to purchase an IPad for the AIG, and yet another N1,150,000 for the furnishing of the office of the Personal Assistant to the AIG.
She also stated that when Chibuzor requested for the refund of his money, when he found that he was defrauding people, the said Izuchukwu issued him a Fidelity bank cheque of N1,150,000 belonging to another person living in Lagos which bounced.
According to her, the suspect has voluntarily confessed to the crime, while investigation is still ongoing after which suspect will be charged to court.
The AIG Zone 13 Ukpo, DanMalam Mohammed is using this opportunity to implore members of the public who may have been defrauded by the said Mr Izuchukwu Nwabueze to report to the Deputy Commissioner of Police incharge of Criminal Investigations Department, DCP Echeng Echeng just as he cautioned the public to be wary of this new trend of criminal activity and report suspicions actions or persons through the Zone’s emergency number 08060463492 or the nearest police station or Command for prompt response please.