A 52-year-old man has been arrested for attempting to scam the Ogun state commissioner of Police [CP], Bashir Makama.
The suspected fraudster, Tayo Ogunmola, was arrested in Ilogbo, Ota in the Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun State.
The arrest of the suspect followed a phone call he allegedly made to the CP pretending to be an old herbalist who mistakenly sent a recharge card pin to the telephone number of the CP.
He reportedly pleaded for the pin to be sent back to him.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement on Sunday, said the suspect is presently cooling his heels in the detention of the state police command.
The PPRO said,
“The Commissioner who has been familiar with the antics of the fraudsters decided to play along with him while he sent men of Intelligence Response Team to technically track and apprehend the suspect.
“At a stage, the suspect who was not aware that he is being trailed was presenting himself to the CP as a deputy Inspector general of Police who is ready to assist the CP only if he can part with a certain amount of money not knowing that the person he been discussing with is a serving commissioner of police.
“Luck, however, ran against him when he was traced to his hideout at Araromi phase II, in Ilogbo area of Ota where he was promptly arrested.
“On interrogation, he confessed being a fraudster who had defrauded many unsuspecting members of the public of money runs to millions of naira out of which he built the house he is living in presently”.
Oyeyemi said the commissioner has ordered the monitoring team to properly investigate the suspect with a view of arresting his other accomplices and arraign them before the court of competent jurisdiction.