By Temitope Adedeji in Akure
The Akure Area Command of the Nigerian Police has arrested three members of a notorious internet fraud syndicate namely Wale Ayeni, Fisayo Adetoro and Emmanuel Omole.
The three fraudsters are aged between 22 and 23 years, and they specialized in defrauding unsuspecting persons through online transactions.
Detectives picked them up at Ilesha Garage and Delta Hotel, both in Akure, using best professional tactics.
Wale Ayeni and Emmanuel Omole are expelled students of Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), while Fisayo Adetoro claims to be a 300-Level student of Computer Science at Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU), Ikeji Arakeji, Osun State.
The syndicate had sometime in April 2015, through online transaction requested for six i-phones valued at N984,000 from one Ajiboye Adeyinka Kabir of No. 3, Oyekunle Street, Ajegunle, Lagos State.
They lied to Ajiboye that they were working at Government House, Akure.
Ajiboye brought the six i-phones to Akure as requested by the syndicate on May 10, 2015.
On arrival at Ondo Garage Akure, the three fraudsters took him in their operational vehicle, a Nissan Armanda Jeep with Registration Number JS-28-EKY, and pretended to be heading for Government House, Akure.
On the way, they made a detour to Fiwasaye-Ijapo Road, Akure, where they forcefully took the I-phones from Ajiboye, and pushed him out of the vehicle in motion.
Ajiboye sustained various degrees of injuries and was rushed by policemen at Ijapo Division to the Police Clinic, Akure, for initial medical attention.
On May 25, 2015, the syndicate also contacted one Akinola Segun of No. 29/31 Awolowo Way, Ikeja, Lagos, and placed order for another set of five I-phones from him valued at N820,000 only.
They again lied that they were lecturers at the Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin. On arrival in Akure at about 16.30hrs, they conveyed Akinola in their operational jeep to a hotel on Ondo Road, Akure, where they drugged his food with swinol tablet and made away with the five I-phones.
The syndicate, however, ran out of luck on June 2, 2015 when they unknowingly contacted the same Akinola Segun on a different website and ordered for five I-phones, and deceitfully presented themselves as lecturers from the College of Agriculture, Akure.
Akinola Segun immediately contacted the Akure Area Command’s office where the Area Commander, ACP. Edward .A. Ajogun PSC, with his team of detectives employed best professional tactics leading to their arrest.
Meanwhile, the operational vehicle, Nissan Armanda Jeep, with Registration Number JS-28-EKY, valued at N2,500,000 has been impounded at the Area Commander’s Office Akure.
Other items recovered from the syndicate included (i) three 16GB I-phones, (ii) one HTC phone, (iii) one Blackberry Q10, (iv) one Techno phone, (v) Gold rings, (vi) Gold necklace and (vii) Gold ear ring, all valued at N667,000 only.
The two receivers of the phones were also picked up for questioning. They claimed that the fraudsters lied to them that their brothers overseas sent the I-phones to them.
Meanwhile, the receivers have paid the market value of the six phones to the owners. The three fraudsters who volunteered confessional statements will soon be arraigned in court.