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A suspected fraudster, Ismaila Adamu was arrested by the police for fraudulently trying to buy $2,500 from a bureau-de-change operator at Alaba International Market, Lagos. The 23-year-old Adamu, who lives in Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos State, had gone to buy the hard currency from one Abdulkareem Goje on Thursday, 25 July, 2019.

After agreeing to purchase US$2,500 for N897,000, he reportedly collected Goje’s account number and sent it to his accomplice at large, who then send a fake credit payment alert of N897,000 to Goje phone number.

Goje’s suspicion was aroused when Adamu hurried him up to pay the dollar value of the money. He was said to have insisted on verifying the payment at a nearest bank,  a move that did not sink well with Adamu who attempted to run away.

A witness of the event, Chukwu said,

A man, who later identified himself as Ismaila Adamu, came to buy dollars that day from a bureau-de-change operator called Goje, close to my shop. He sent N897,000 into the Goje’s account through somebody and he was in a hurry to collect the dollars and leave. Goje noticed his countenance and became suspicious. He asked Adamu to allow him to check his account balance at a nearest bank before he could release the dollar.

Adamu was not comfortable with the request and tried to assure Goje that the money was in his account, but he insisted on checking his account balance. At that point, Adamu wanted to run away, but people held him back. Goje quickly went to the bank and discovered that his account was not credited. Adamu started begging. He said it was his boss at Ikeja who sent him to carry out the fraud. We alerted the police at the Ojo division and handed him over to them.

The Police Public Relations Officer of Lagos state, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed Adamu’s arrest and has confessed to having defrauded some people in connivance with his boss, one Sani, who operates at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Ikeja..

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He said,

The suspect went to buy $2,500 and claimed that he could not transfer the N897,000 equivalent at once. He made a phone call to his boss to transfer the money to the complainant’s account.

Subsequently, the complainant received an alert of N897,000 and the suspect started pressuring him to release the dollar equivalent. But the complainant insisted on making a confirmation from his bank. The bank confirmed that it was a fake alert and that no money was transferred into the account. The suspect was arrested immediately.

Elkana stated that Adamu had been charged with fraud, adding that the police had launched a manhunt for the suspect’s accomplice.

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