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Impersonation Fake 'Colonel' arrested for defrauding victim of N40m

A man who impersonated a Colonel of the Nigerian Army to dupe unsuspecting victims has been arrested.

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The fake 'Colonel' Babatunde Idris play

The fake 'Colonel' Babatunde Idris


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A 62-year-old man who has been parading himself as a Colonel with the Nigerian Army, Babatunde Idris, has been nabbed by the police attached to the Oyo State Command for allegedly defrauding one Yinusa Mustapha of the sum of N40m, the Punch reports.

While parading the suspect, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Leye Oyebade, said the arrest was subsequent upon a petition written against him by the victim.

“Following a petition received alleging the fraudulent activities of Idris, the command’s Anti-Kidnapping Squad swung into action and arrested the suspect, who until his arrest, had fraudulently obtained various sums of money from his victims.

The suspect forged various letterheads of the Nigerian Army which he issued to unsuspecting individuals and corporate organisations soliciting assistance. He also had multiple identities under fake names all bearing the status of a colonel.

He had approached his last victim with a promise that he would help him secure a certificate for oil importation in 2012, but up till now, that hasn't been done. He failed to complete the deal after the money was paid into his account."

Confessing to his crimes, the suspect said:

“I collected N16m from him claiming to be a colonel in the army. I signed the form, but truly I am not a military man. One of my brothers is a general in the army. One day, he gave me a letter to help somebody, so I made a copy of it.

Mustapha wanted me to help him to collect certificate of oil lifting and because I knew people who could do it, I took the money from him, but the deal failed.”

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