Legal Nigeria

Police arrest fake Buhari adviser

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command on Monday said it had arrested a 70-year old fake Presidential Adviser on Defence Matters.
Presenting the suspect who claimed to be a retired Army Colonel, to the media, the command’s Spokesman, ASP Anjuguri Manzah, said the suspect was arrested on October 18 in Maitama area of Abuja, following a tip-off .
“Police operatives attached to Maitama Division acting on a tip-off arrested one fake Colonel (name withheld) who claimed to be the Special Adviser to the President on Defence Matters,” Manzah said.
He said that the suspect, who specialised in defrauding influential people in the society, had gone to the area to meet up with an appointment with a former state governor.
The spokesman said that the suspect upon arrest confessed to the crime. “He also confessed that he only hides under that guise to solicit for juicy contracts or financial favour from his high profile victims,” he said.
He said that one fake identification card and five complimentary cards were recovered from him.
The suspect, who said he worked with the Bauchi State Government up to 1990, said he had been in the business for over three years.
“I thought it was an easy way to feed my family,” he said.
Manzah said that the suspect had been transferred to the Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department for further investigation.
Similarly, the command has arrested a suspect who specialised in producing and circulating fake N1, 000 notes to unsuspecting members of the public.
Manzah said that the suspect was arrested by police operatives around Royal Park in Wuse two, Abuja, where he had gone to buy mobile phone recharge card.
He said that items recovered from him include 54 pieces of fake N1, 000 notes.
Speaking with newsmen, the suspect said he was introduced into the business by a friend who resides in Lugbe, Abuja, who linked him with his friend in Lagos.
The spokesman enjoined members of the public to be vigilant and always provide the police with information about criminal elements.
He also enjoined residents to take advantage of the police emergency help lines.