High Chief who makes a living as 419 kingpin falls into police net •Accomplices also nabbed
Posted by News Express | 31 March 2017 | 1,927 times
•IGP Ibrahim Idris.
A High Chief who leads a hitech team of fraudsters that impersonates top government officials and other highly placed citizens is now in police net with his gang members.
High Chief Ovie Ogo (Eze Ireoma of Omoku-Rivers State) was nabbed by the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) working in concert with the Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU) of the Nigeria Police Force.
Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood, disclosed that “the four-man gang notorious syndicate led by one High Chief Ovie Ogo (Eze Ireoma of Omoku-Rivers State) was arrested in an Hotel in Kaduna State” on Wednesday, March 28, 2017. He described the suspects as follows:
i. High Chief Ovie Ogo (Eze Ireoma of Omoku-Rivers state) 47yrs native of Omoku Rivers State who impersonates Prominent Citizens from the South-South and Southeast.
ii. Abdulazeez Eragbe 40yrs impersonates prominent citizens from the North, born and brought up in Kaduna speaks Hausa fluently.
iii. Babatunde Oshamoto 49yrs impersonates prominent citizens from the South West and North Central.
iv. Samuel Idah 25yrs who supplies them with SIM cards registered with the names of the prominent citizens.
CSP Moshood disclosed that exhibits recovered from the suspects include 14 assorted G.S.M sets, all with SIM cards registered with the names of top government officials and other prominent Nigerians; Several extra registered SIM cards; and a diary containing phone numbers of several top government officials and prominent persons in the country.
“All the suspects confessed to the crime admitting to have impersonated several prominent citizens and made over Twenty Million Naira (₦20,000,000) from their Criminal acts within the last six (6) months before they were arrested,” the Force Pro said.
He added: “Chief Ovie Ogo further confessed that he posed as the National Security Adviser and collected thirteen Million Naira (₦13,000,000) from a Ghanaian who wants to get an Oil block in Nigeria.
“The gang also posed as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and collected four Million Naira (₦4,000,000) from one man name withheld, who is seeking for Federal appointment.
“They equally posed as Chief of Staff to the President and collected Two Million Five Hundred Thousand naira (₦2,500,000) from another individual, who is looking for contract.
iv. The suspects again posed as the Chief of Staff to president and collected Seven Hundred Thousand Naira (₦700,000) from one young man name withheld, who is also seeking for Federal appointment.”
CSP Moshood assured that “investigation is being intensified to arrest the other suspects at large while those arrested will be charged to court on completion of investigation.”
He advised the public “to be careful and verify the identity of whosoever they may wish to transact business or relate with.”