Man, 35, arrested for posing as aide to AIG Zone 13

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Chief Izuchukwu Nwabueze, 35, has been arrested for posing as an aide to the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 13 Danmallam Mohammed and defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.

The spokesperson for the Zonal command, DSP Nkeiruka Nwode who disclosed this at Ukpo, near Awka said Nwabueze allegedly obtained millions of naira in the guise of raising money to furnish a residential quarter and installing a sound proof generator for the AIG.

Nwode said that the suspect defrauded Chidi Okoye, N240,000; Benson Okoye, N185,000; Umugama village, N100,000 and Prince Okoyeze, N100,000 adding that other victims are Chukwudi Okeke, N210, 000; Prof Sylvanus Anika, N50, 000, Chief Nnamdi Egbuha, a gas cylinder and Ndubuisi Onwuakpa, one horse power air conditioner.

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She also stated that the suspect obtained N1, 000, 000 from one Ifeanyi Umeh on behalf of the Anglican Bishop of Awka, Archbishop Alexander Ibezim and approached Akunwata Modebe to join him in the forum he created to support the activities of the newly created Zone 13 Police headquarters.

“In an effort to nip fraudulent tendencies in the bud, on Sept. 21, operatives attached to Zonal CID Zone 13, Ukpo, arrested one Ichie Sir Izuchukwu Nwabueze, 35, of Ukpo, Dunukofia Local Government Area.

“He cornered Sir Chris Okeke and High Chief Daniel Nwaigwe both of G20 Foundation Awka, and collected a total sum of N7.3 million from them,’’ she said.

“He allegedly convinced him to pay the sum of N1, 000, 000 on Sept. 1, which he did to his Fidelity Bank’s account.

“He further approached one Stanley Chibuzor, the CEO of Brost Global Resources and collected the sum of N500, 000 from him to allegedly enlist him in his stakeholder’s forum,” Nwode said.

She said that the suspect collected another N370, 000 from Chibuzor to purchase IPad for the AIG and another N1,150, 000 for the furnishing of the office of the Personal Assistant to the AIG.

“When Chibuzor requested for the refund, the said Izuchukwu gave him a Fidelity Bank’s cheque of N1, 150, 000 belonging to Chriskwik Ventures Limited of 32 Isa Williams Str., Okearin, Lagos State, which he presented to the bank but bounced.’’

Nwode said the suspect had voluntarily confessed to the crime and would be arraigned after further investigation.

She reiterated the AIG’s call on the members of the public, whom the suspect had defrauded to report to the DCP Echeng Echeng, in-charge of Criminal Investigations Department.

“The public should be wary of such crime and report suspicious activities or persons through the zone’s emergency number 08060463492, or the nearest police station or command for prompt response,’’ she said.

The suspect, however, denied all the allegations levelled against him.

“I was arrested by officers on trumped up charges because I am contesting for the position of President-General of Ukpo community,” he said.

He further claimed that the petitions filed against him were instigated by his opponents in the said election.