Unfortunate Fake Customs officer nabbed after duping victims in acution sales (Photo)

February 24, 2015 2:22 pm

The police in Lagos have arrested a fake Deputy Superintendent of
Customs, , who along with two others allegedly duped their
victims of not less than N5m in auction sales.

Punch
Metro learnt that Raji, with the other suspects ─ Usman Ibrahim and
Adekunle Thomas ─ was apprehended on Tuesday, February 17, in the Gowon
Estate area of Lagos. They were arrested by operatives of the Special
Anti-Robbery Squad.

Our correspondent gathered that while Raji
disguised as a DSC, Thomas pretended to be Raji’s driver, while Ibrahim
was in charge of giving out bank account for victims to pay.

It was gathered that Raji told victims that he was in charge of auctioning vehicles and some goods in containers.

The police explained that the three allegedly usually took their victims
to the Wharf, Apapa area to show them the goods and vehicles.
Our
correspondent learnt that a victim, identified simply as Mrs. Uche, was
duped of N1.8m when she opted to buy an auctioned Toyota Highlander and
paid the sum into an account supplied by the suspects.

Speaking with PUNCH Metro, 63-year-old Raji from Okene, Kogi State,
confessed that he had used the customs uniform to dupe victims in Abuja,
Lagos and Ilorin, Kwara State.

He said,

 “I am not a customs officer. I decided to buy the uniform to do
business. I bought it from a tailor for N5, 000 with all the kits. The
tailor did not know I was not a customs officer.
“I bought the DSC
uniform and rank in 2013. The name on the uniform is Yakubu Lawal. I
used the uniform to do fake auction sales. I went to Uche’s shop on
Unity Road, Ikeja, and convinced her to pay for the vehicle. She
initially paid N800, 000 and then the balance subsequently.
“We also
have buyers who had fallen into our trap in Ilorin and Abuja. We made
N3.5m from a deal in Ilorin, Kwara State. We made N1.4m from another
deal.”

Raji, who lived with his family in the Ipaja area of Lagos, added that
he became a suspected fraudster when he lost his job with a flour mill
firm.

Adekunle, 52, from Ido, Ekiti State, who feigned as the
driver, told our correspondent that he was paid 10 per cent on every
deal Raji brought to the gang.

He said

, “It was last year that I met Raji. I drove him whenever he went to
meet his clients. He usually gave me 10 per cent on every deal. We met
at a beer parlour, and we became good friends. I did not know it will
get us into trouble.”

Ibrahim, 39-year-old from Kano State, also noted that he got about N250,000 from the deals he participated in.

“When we made the N1.4m, he paid me N140, 000. I also got N80,000 from another deal,” he said.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the
arrest, adding that investigations were ongoing at the SARS into the
matter.

He said,

“The fake customs officer was arrested with full DSC rank in customs
uniform. He and others have duped several citizens. Investigation
continues at the SARS.”
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