Police Arrests Three  For Defrauding Residents  Grains Worth Over N81m In Yobe

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By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna 

Three persons have been apprehended by the police in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, for allegedly defrauding four residents of food grains worth over N81m.

The police arrested the suspects for criminal conspiracy, cheating, and criminal breach of trust.

The suspects were identified as 44-year-old Hajiya Zainab Ahmed of Anguwan Sanusi, Kaduna; Sunday Ezra Haruna, 35; and Ishaku Abdulsalam, 40, of Hotoro Ward in Kano.

Dungus Abdulkarim, the Yobe State Police Command’s spokesman, in a statement, explained, “the suspect allegedly specialised in disguising themselves as workers of a non-governmental organisation to purchase grains for distribution in internally displaced persons’ camps but without immediate payment of cash.”

The statement further explained that the arrest followed a complaint received by one Ibrahim Mohammed and one Abubakar Usman of Abasha Ward, Damaturu that one Mohammed Modu of Nayi Nawa Ward, Damaturu collected 180 bags of maize valued at N7.4m, which Modu could not pay for, within the agreed number of days.

It added that the suspects also specialised in luring unsuspecting victims, mostly farmers and marketers to a contract to buy food items by disguising and presenting themselves as NGO workers, saying that they deceived the victims to buy without cash in hand as well as demanding large quantities of their goods and with false promises to pay after supplying to a particular destination in  Borno, Yobe or any place of choice with the pretext of donating the grains to an IDP camp.

After a supply, the statement said that they would request the victims to wait for their payment, pointing out that they would later sell the grains at a giveaway price without the victim(s) knowledge and run away with the proceeds leaving their victim(s) in shallow anticipation where they (the suspects) thereby sever all communications with the victims.

It listed the four persons defrauded as Mohammed Modu of Nayi Nawa Ward, who allegedly lost N7.4m worth of maize; and Ibrahim Mohammed and Abubakar Usman of Abasha Ward, who allegedly lost N22m worth of maize to the suspects.

Others were, Alhaji Arma Yau Yahaya of Bauchi State,  N29.995m worth of rice; and Ishaku Salihu Chaptu of Mangu, Plateau State, who allegedly lost N22m worth of maize.

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