By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
An alleged fraudster, Emeka John Akuma is cooling his feet in Police Cell in Akwa Ibom State for manipulating fake bank alert to a car dealer in Lagos and escaping with the car.
A statement in Uyo on Wednesday, signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom Command, SP Odiko MacDon stated Emeka was arrested along IBB way, Uyo, the state capital after committing the crime.
SP. Macdon said the suspect had manipulated faked false bank alert to a car dealer at FESTAC town in Lagos and later ran away with Lexus 330 Saloon Car.
According to MacDon, Emeka, an indigene of Abia state was trailed through coordinated intelligence operations by Anti Cultism Unit while driving the said car near Ibom Hall with fake registration number AKD 230 QD before the vehicle was recovered.
“The Akwa Ibom State Police Command, on 18/1/2021 on credible information, that a Lexus 330 salon car was bought with fake bank alert at Festac Town, Lagos State, trailed the said car to Uyo via Abia State and in a coordinated operation, and utilizing the instruments of intelligence-driven policing by the Anti-Cultism Unit of the Command, arrested one Emeka John Akuma, ‘m’ of Abia State, along IBB Road by Ibom Hall, driving the car with a fake number plate; Lagos AKD 230 GQ and recovered the said vehicle,” the statement stated.
In a related development, the police also arrested POS operator in Uyo who defrauded his customer to the tune of N200,000 and send fake alert to authenticate the transaction.
The POS Operator, one Moses James Asuquo ‘m’, aged 26yrs was arrested by the Anti-Cultism Unit for fraudulently using fake alert to defraud one Markson Mark Wisdom and Edidiong Samuel Robert of the said sum at his POS stand.
Meanwhile, Akwa Ibom State Police Commissioner, Amiengheme Andrew has warned members of the public to beware of the prevailing crime and urged car dealers and owners to step up security in their cars .
He assured the public that pepetrators of these crimes would be brought to book