Two suspected fraudsters have been arrested by officers of the Oyo State Police Command over allegations of defrauding residents of the state by purchasing goods and collecting money from Point of Sales (PoS) operators with fake bank alerts.
The suspects, Olayide Olumide and Oluwemimo Adeyanju were apprehended after series of complaints from some of the victims. The duo were said to have been purchasing clothing materials and electronics from shop owners and market women. They also reportedly withdrew money from POS operators in some parts of Ibadan including Apete and Awotan communities.
The Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Mr. Adewale Osifeso confirmed the arrest of the two suspects.
Osifeso said, “on Friday 7th May 2021 at about 0930hrs, the duo of Olayide Olumide and Oluwemimo Adeyanju landed in the net of the Police. This success was recorded through the relentless efforts of Police Operatives attached to Apete Police Divisional Headquarters, consequent upon several reports of the fraudulent act of purchasing valuables with fake alerts, ripping people off their profit; the most recent was recorded to be the purchase of electronics and fashion items around Apete area by the duo”
Items recovered from them include a home theatre with three speakers, 10 male wears,14 pairs of jeans trousers, one MP Player, one Standing fan, one 32 Inch LG Plasma TV, and one Rubber palm sandal.
Others are one CD Tape Player, one DVD Player, one Laptop, one mini DVD Player, and one 24 Inches LG LED TV.
Investigative apparatus who were deployed after complaints of the traders led to the arrest of the suspects. Upon interrogation, the two confessed to the crime and presented the exhibits recovered from them to be valuables bought from the proceeds of this crime.