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Man Arrested For Fraud, As Police Nabs Ex-convict For Sending Threat Text From Prison

Lagos State Police Command has arrested a 48 year-old man, Taiwo Abdulrauf who specialised in dating young girls and luring them to opening new bank accounts to receive proceeds of fraud.

The State Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi paraded the suspect on Wednesday at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja.

It was gathered that the suspect after opening bank accounts for the ladies will then used their personal informations to received proceeds of fraud. 

CP Alabi said after the suspect was arrested, the money received from his account was about Twenty Million Naira which is the proceeds from the fraud.

He said: ” After complaint was received about the suspect he was traced to a hotel in Ogun State where he was arrested and one unregistered Toyota Avalon car which he bought with the proceeds of the fraud was recovered from him.”

The police boss, however, said efforts  to recover more stolen money from him is ongoing, while the suspect would be charged to court after completion of investigation.

In a related development, One Smart Richard, an ex-convict has also been arrested for allegedly sending threat messages to people randomly in order to blackmail them and extort such a person.

The suspect who was also paraded was said to be using ‘Smart Richard’ as name to send out his threat messages to extort people.

According to the police, in the month of December, the Command received  a couple of complaints concerning threat to life and alleged monitoring of movement of some people with a phone number 08165270517.

The police boss said immediately the complaint was received investigation launched which led to the arrest of one ‘Smart Richard’ an indigene of Delta State. The suspect who is an ex-convict had

served a five-year jail term at Kirikiri Medium Correctional Center before he was re-arrested.

The suspect when he was arrested later disclosed his identity to be Kingsley Richard currently serving a jail term at Kirikiri Correctional Center with his associate. 

Further investigation revealed that Smart collated some telephone numbers and operated an online wallet account through which they collected their blackmail money, the suspect while still in prison sent the threat messages and makes threat calls to the owner of the phone numbers. 

The police however said the command is  currently working with the Nigerian Correctional Service towards extending investigations into the prison.

Also, on November 21, 2022, at about 2am, a  credible information was received that some robbers were sighted at the premises 

of a manufacturing company at Ikotun area of the State.

It was gathered that the robbers when they gained access into the company premises tied the hands and legs of the company’s security guards and started looting and evacuating the company’s products.

Upon receipt of the information, Police operatives from the command swiftly mobilized to the scene. On sighting the operatives, the robbers who were in numbers fled. The operatives embarked on investigation that led to the arrest of three of the suspects namely Olayinka Micheal (35), Jamiu Abdulraman (27) and Daniel John (28).

The following items were recovered from the suspects iron cutter, three padlocks, seven cartons of Cussons baby products, damaged padlocks and ropes. While Investigation is ongoing to arrest other fleeing gang members and possible recovery of the stolen items.

Meanwhile, the suspects would be charged to court at the completion of investigation.

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