By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
A 35-year-old man, Izuchukeu Nwabueze has been arrested by Police operatives attached to Zonal CID Zone 13, Ukpo, Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State for allegedly defrauding people of millions of Naira posing as an aide to the Assistant Inspector General of Police.
The suspect, an indigene of Ukpo was also accused of using the false identity to defraud unsuspecting traders and bourgeoisies in the state of their hard earned money.
The zone’s Public Relations Officer, ZPRO, DSP Nkeiruka Nwode in a statement said the suspect who pretended 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, cornered some influential people in the state and collected a total of seven million, three hundred thousand naira from them.
She added, “The said suspect, Chief Izuchukwu Nwabueze also obtained with false pretence from the following persons: Sir Chidi Igor Okoye #240,000, Benson okoye #185,000, Umugama village #100,000, Prince okoyeze #100,000, Hon Sir Chukwudi Okeke#210,000, Prof Anika Sylvanus #50,000, Chief Nnamdi Egbuha Gas cylinder, Engr Ndubuisi Onwuakpa, One horse power Air Conditioner.
“The Suspect also defrauded the sum of #1,000,000 from one Ifeanyi Umeh Lovelyn on behalf of the Anglican Bishop of Awka; Alexander Ibezim.
“The suspect had also approached Mr. Akunwata Chuka Modebe Esq 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 1million naira on the 1st of September 2020 which he did to his Fidelity bank account.
“In the same vein, he also approached, one Mr. Stanley Chibuzor, the CEO Brost Global Resources and collected the sum of #500,000 from him to allegedly enlist him in his Stakeholders forum, another #370,000 to purchase an IPad for the AIG, and yet another #1,150,000 for the furnishing of the office of the Personal Assistant to the AIG and when Chibuzor requested for the refund of his money, the said Izuchukwu gave him a Fidelity bank cheque of #1,150,000 belonging to CHRISKWIK VENTURES LIMITED of 32 ISA WILLIAMS STREET, OKEARIN, LAGOS STATE which he presented to the bank but was bounced.”
Others defrauded by the suspect include Hon. Sir Chris Okeke, High Chief Nwaigwe, Daniel both of G20 Foundation Awka.
According to Nwode, the suspect has voluntarily confessed to the crime saying that investigation is still ongoing after which he will be charged to court.
Meanwhile, the AIG Zone 13 Ukpo, DanMalam Mohammed has called on members of the public who may have been defrauded by Nwabueze to report to the Deputy Commissioner of Police incharge of Criminal Investigations Department, DCP Echeng Echeng.
He also 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.