The Edo State Police Command, has arrested a 35-year old man for allegedly impersonating the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Jimeta Lawan, to dupe rich individuals in the state.
Monday Clement Shola,the suspects, claimed he was a former Senior Special Assistant to the Edo State Government during the administration of former Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
He said he used one of the CPs lines to call ‘a person’ and introduced himself as the Edo state Commissioner of Police.
Shola said he asked the person to give attention to one Clement (himself) adding that the intention was for the person to call him.
He said,“Eventually the person called and invited me to his office. I explained how I was arrested and stuff like that. He asked me to drop my account number and I will hear from him.
“Four days later. the account was credited with N2.5m. 40 minutes later I saw another alert of N10m making it N12.5m. I didn’t know the money was meant for two separate accounts but mistakenly paid all into my account. He called me to asked if I had seen the money. He also called the other line I used to first call him.
“Two days later I went to the bank and was told the account was blocked. They told me money was mistakenly credited to the account. I had to return the N10m.”
When pressed on who sent him the money, he said it was Adams Oshiomhole.
He claimed he bought a Toyota Camry with the N2.5m.
Edo Police Commissioner, Jimeta Lawan, said the suspect was arrested because he goes about swindling unsuspecting members of the public using the name of the CP.
He said Shola has duped so many people that by sending text messages to unsuspecting individuals and extorting money from them.