By Linus Aleke
The Federal Capital Territory Police Command said it has nabbed an elderly rogue element and serial fraudster who specializes in impersonating legal practitioners and senior law enforcement officers to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
Police Public Relations Officer, FCT Police Command, DSP Josephine Adeh, announced the arrest in a statement in Abuja.
She said, the arrest of the Imposter, identified as Olakunle Adesola, a 61 years old resident of liberty Estate by spring road AMAC Abuja, followed a series of petitions and reports at various formations/ units of the Police Command.
The Police PRO noted that the rogue elder was apprehended on Sunday 20th November 2022 by The command’s intelligence asset attached to the Anti-violence Crime section of the State Criminal investigations department (SCID ) at our lady Queen of cathedral church Area III where scores of unsuspecting worshippers have reportedly been defrauded.
The statement said, “The suspect’s modus operandi is to impersonate a senior Police Officer between the ranks of Commissioner and Assistant Inspector General of Police, top-ranking EFCC officials, and/or a legal practitioner who owns a law firm by the name Dr.Kunle Adeshola & Associate has successfully defrauded many to the tone of about Ten Million naira (10,000,000). The suspects when interviewed confessed to having been a perpetrator of this criminal enterprise as far back as the year 1980. Upon the arrest, several forged documents, unissued Police gear, Tear gases, and forged academic documents from various learning institutions were recovered in possession of the suspect”.
DSP Adeh, noted that while discrete investigation and effort to apprehend co-perpetrators of this criminal enterprise are ongoing, the Commissioner of Police FCT Command CP Babaji Sunday said the suspect has absolutely no past or present affiliation with the Police in status or otherwise and at any level.
He advised members of the public to be weary of such unscrupulous elements who parade themselves in such manner as the above or any other in other to defraud members of the public.
The CP also, reaffirmed the Command’s commitment to bringing crime and criminality in all its forms and expression to the barest minimum.
While painstaking effort is being deployed to ensure the above, members of the public are therefore urged to maintain vigilance and report suspicious activities to the police.