By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has arrested a three-member syndicate for impersonation, obtaining money by false pretense and conspiracy.
The agency also arrested a 48- year old man for duping a businessman to the tune of ₦900,000.
While briefing newsmen on Thursday, the State Commandant, NSCDC, Dr. Hammed Abodunrin said the arrests were made possible following tip-off.
The Commandant said that the three-man syndicate; Oluwaseun Toyin, female, 32 years, Quazeem Ismail, male, 40 years and Tosin Michael, female, 26 years were arrested at No 4 Oke Uro Street, Irese town in Ifedore Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, information deduced from the statement volunteered by the suspects revealed that Oluwaseun Toyin conspired with her husband, Ismail Quazeem and her sister Tosin Michael to disguise with Hijab and claimed to be converted Muslims while defrauding a good number of Islamic religious leaders and the Ondo State Muslim Welfare Board.
The prime suspect; Oluwaseun, who pretentiously gave her name as Silifat and at another time called herself Zainab, obtained money fraudulently from the victims, claiming that she and her sister got converted to Islam in Lagos State and escaped from their parents to Ondo State due to stern resistance and persecution.
Consequently, the younger sister changed her name to Sadiat while Ismail Quazeem conveyed the duo to various mosques with his motorcycle demanding for money to the tune of ₦200,000 at different occasions.
Dr. Abodunrin said: “The suspects were on the same mischievous mission when nemesis caught up with them.
“At the expiration of our Investigation, they would be charged to court for justice to take its course.”
Speaking further, Abodunrin noted that another suspect, 48 years old Oseni Musliu Maja, residing at No 4, Odo Road, Ijede Street, Ikorodu Lagos defrauded his victim to the tune of ₦900,000 with the claim of being the franchised owner of the Fort Oil Fuel Station situated at Km 3, Ondo Road, Akure.
He said however that nvestigation revealed that the suspect lost the franchise in 2015 but acted in disguise by leasing out the filling station on 10th March 2016.
Musliu Oseni initially took the sum of ₦1.5 million but later refunded the victim a sum of ₦600,000 and relocated out of Ondo State.
He advised the public to be wary of illegal oil dealers and fraudulent persons, who piously beg for arms.