Police arrest three suspects for allegedly defrauding businessmen of N145.4m

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BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO

Uba Group

The Osun State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of three men who allegedly defrauded two businessmen to the tune of over N145 million.

A police source revealed that two of the suspects, Orisumbare Adekunle, 44; and Olayemi Lukman Shoyemi, 42, conspired to obtain the sum of N105, 472,000 from one Alhaji Ibrahim Olaiya.

It was gathered that the duo and others at large, who are workers at a roofing sheet firm in Lagos State, absconded with Olaiya’s money after promising to supply him some amount of roofing sheets.

They were, however, arrested on October 7, 2022 on account of conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretence and stealing from one Alhaji Ibrahim Olaiya of Obelawo area, New Osogbo/Ikirun Road, Osun State.

“On September 22, 2022, the complainant, Alhaji Ibrahim Olaiya, was hoodwinked by the suspects and others now at large who are representatives of UMZ Roofing Resources Ventures in Lagos State and the sum of N105, 472,000 was fraudulently collected from him with the pretence of supplying him roofing sheets but (they) absconded with the money and blocked all means of communication between them,” the police source said.

In a related case, the police also apprehended one Shola Adeleke, 41, over alleged conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretense and stealing.

They were nabbed after one Kehinde Oluwasegun Agboola of Iyana Camp area, Ota-Efun, Osogbo, reported them at a police station in Osogbo.

The Investigation Police Officer in charge of the matter, Deji Agbomabini, said that the suspect obtained the sum of N40, 000,000 from Oluwasegun under the pretense of helping him to set up a car business but disappeared with the money.

He ran out of luck on September 28, 2022 when some police operatives arrested him.

“Sometimes in November, 2021, the complainant, Agboola Kehinde Oluwasegun, was hoodwinked by the respondent and others now at large and the sum of N40,000,000 (Forty million naira) was fraudulently collected from him with the pretense of helping him set up a car business but absconded with the money,” the IPO said.

The police indicated that they were on a search for the fleeing suspects, adding that once nabbed, they would be arraigned in court.