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Crime & Punishment of Sunday, 2 January 2022


‘Nigerian Army General’ arrested over PoS fraud

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A man posing as a ‘General’ in the Nigerian Army, Nwokoro Gabriel, has been arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly swindling a Point of Sale attendant of N200,000.

This was disclosed by the Command’s Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, when he paraded suspects on Friday.

Nwokoro generated a fake bank alert after collecting N200,000 from the PoS attendant in Surulere area of Lagos State.

The case was reported by one Obina Jude Eze, who alleged that the suspect at about 3:50pm approached his PoS centre to do some cash withdrawal.

Odumosu said in Eze’s statement, he alleged that the suspect claimed to be a serving General in the Nigeria Army and a ‘Commanding Officer’ of an undisclosed Division.

Nwokoro was said to have gone to the PoS point in company of one Corporal Udo John, who, at the time of the incident, appeared in the uniform of the Nigerian Army.

Odumosu said on the day of the incident, both suspects arrived at the scene in one Lexus SUV with Registration Number JJJ 510 EP.

He added: “At the POS centre, they withdrew N200,000.00.

“Thereafter, the fake General gave one expired Access Bank ATM card, which the PoS machine rejected.

“Later, he posted a fake alert on his account and asked the driver to drive off.

“Upon the receipt of the information, police operatives tracked down the vehicle owner at Sango Ota in Ogun State and later arrested the driver who led the police detectives to one hotel in Surulere, Lagos State, where the suspects were taking refuge.

“Investigation is ongoing to arrest the other fleeing members of the gang.”

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