Police arrest suspected internet fraudster over alleged car theft, N30m

Police arrest suspected internet fraudster over alleged car theft, N30m

Operatives of the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos, have arrested Joshua Olawuyi, a suspected internet fraudster, for allegedly obtaining a vehicle under false pretences and stealing N30 million.

Umma Ayuba, the Zonal Public Relations Officer, SP Umma Ayuba, confirmed the arrest in a statement on Thursday in Lagos.

She said that the command, under the leadership of the Assistant Inspector -General of Police, Mr Olatoye Durosinmi, arrested the suspect after receiving a petition from the petitioner.

“Based on a petition received from Adesuwa Ogizie, female, a US-based licensed car dealer, that sometime in 2016, Olawuyi contacted her to purchase a Mercedes Benz GLE 350 valued at N30 million.

“Olawuyi deceived her, stating that he had instructed his brother Jude Hanslem to make payment on his behalf.

“After the vehicle was delivered to the suspect in Nigeria; the petitioner discovered that the money paid into her account was the proceeds of fraud, ” she said.

Ayuba said that a team of detectives attached to Zonal Anti-Kidnapping Unit Zone 2 command, led by SP Abass Gadzama (O/C ZAKU), swung into action and apprehended the suspect.

“The suspect was arrested and he volunteered his statement where he confessed to the crime.

“He claimed he was into internet fraud at the time he committed the offence and that the Mercedes Benz GLE 350 had been sold and the proceeds converted, “he said.

Ayuba said investigation is ongoing and further findings would be communicated, and suspect will be prosecuted accordingly upon completion of investigation.

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