By Tony Nwanne
The Police has arrested a 29-year-old man, Ekperebuike Akadonye, for impersonating the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, on the internet, to defraud a Saudi Arabia-based doctor Hassan Alkahallaf of $10,000.
Akadonye, who is currently in Police custody defrauded the doctor who is attached to the department of Urology, at the Security Force Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The Imo State-born suspect, who is currently being interrogated by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT), contacted his victim via an email address firstname.lastname@example.org, purportedly belonging to the IGP, claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari, in his fight against corruption, had directed the IGP to make a refund to victims who had been defrauded by Nigerians in the past.
Alkahallaf, who had previously been duped by some Nigerian internet fraudsters, was said to have replied Akadonye’s emails believing he was the real IGP of the Nigeria Police Force and he was eventually made to pay the sum of $10,000 in several installments before he could get back his lost funds.
The IGP swung into action immediately and directed his operatives at the IRT to trail and apprehend the fraudster. It was gathered that Akadonye was trailed to his hometown in Isiala-Mbano in Imo State where he was arrested. The police also recovered a mobile telephone and laptop used in carrying out the fraud.
The suspect disclosed that poverty led him to the crime, explaining that he was formerly a trader but Imo State government demolished his shops. “I am a trader and I have my shops in Mbano, but I lost them when they were demolished by our governor and since then I had to look for what to do.”
The suspect is expected to appear in court.