The Kano State Police Command has arrested a fake police officer, Yusuf Abdullahi, 29, identified as Abdullahi Sarari for allegedly parading himself as a police officer and defrauding people of their money and properties using fake bank alerts.
Parading the suspect in Kano, the command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, said he was arrested after receiving complaints from three people of different addresses within the state metropolis.
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“They complain that sometimes in January 2022, someone wore police uniform with name tag “Abdullahi Sarari”, went to their shops, made purchases of goods worth N104,000, collected their bank account details and claimed to have respectively made transfers to their various bank accounts.
“Though they did not receive an alert of the payments and learned that he was in police uniform, they entrusted him, collected his mobile phone number and allowed him to go. Since then, he has not been picking up their calls and hence, they reported to the police,” Kiyawa said.
He added that on receipt of the report, a team of the command swung into action and that following sustained efforts and prolonged follow-up, the suspect, one Yusuf Abdullahi, alias Abdullahi Sarari, of Gano Town, Dawakin Kudu LGA Kano State was arrested.
“On investigation, the suspect confessed to the crime and further stated that he had a passion for joining the police, tried many times and failed in exams; he then met his tailor and sew police uniform where he used to intimidate and defraud members of the public.”
According to Kiyawa, the state Commissioner of Police, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, ordered for discreet investigation, after which the case will be charged to court for prosecution.