From MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
The Zamfara State Police Command has arrested one Ibrahim Mohammed Mai Gandi who parades himself as the State Police Commissioner and defrauded Senator Lawali Hassan Dan-iya of Zamfara West of the N1.8m.
Addressing press conference today while parading the suspect at the Command’s headquarters in Gusau, the State Police Commissioner, Barrister Usman Nagogo said the suspect who specialises in defrauding people text and introduced himself as the state commissioner of police to the unsuspecting Senator.
“Sequel to a report received from the said Senator that on 1st September, 2019 he received a text message from unknown person through MTN mobile number 08138888205 impersonating himself as the Commissiner of Police Zamfara State, CP Usman Nagogo. After series of text messages, the Senator decided to call the number only for the person to reintroduced himself as CP Usman Nagogo and demanded for Sallah gift from him”, he said.
Nagogo added that the suspect after receiving the sum of N200,000 as Sallah gift from the Senator, later demanded N2m from the Senator to get work slots for the Senator.
“Thereafter, the same person called the Senator again and told him that he was given nine slots for cadet ASPs and seven slots of Cadet Inspectors and demanded the Senator to pay the sum of N2m for both slots. Following this development, the Senator directed his PA to transfer the sum of N1.6m to the acclaimed Commissioner of Police”, he said.
The commissioner said the suspect was tracked through his GSM number mentioned and was apprehended by Detectives in Gusau and he confessed to all the allegations leveled against him.
Nagogo added that investigation is still in progress with a view to arresting other members of his syndicate and charged them to court for prosecution.
A red Mercedes Benz was also recovered from the suspect.