Ekperebuike Akadonye, 29, has been arrested by the police for allegedly parading himself as the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on the Internet and defrauding a Saudi Arabia-based doctor, Hassan Alkahallaf, to the tune of $10,000.
Alkahallaf was said to have earlier been defrauded by Nigerians via the Internet on two occasions, while efforts to recover the funds had proved abortive. Akadonpe trapped him by introducing himself as the IG and promised to help him recover his loses.
He reportedly demanded $10,000 from Alkahallaf to facilitate the legal processes of the recovery and the victim was said to have paid the sum into his (Akadonpe’s) account in instalments.
The doctor contacted the IG through the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Nigeria after realising that he had been duped again. .
A police source said: “Akadonpe contacted his victims, including Hassan (Alkahallaf), who is attached to the Department of Urology, Security Forces Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, via an email address, email@example.com, purportedly belonging to IG Ibrahim Idris.
He claimed that Pres. Buhari, in his fight against corruption, had directed the IG to make refunds to victims who had been defrauded by Nigerians in the past.” Police trailed Akadonye to Imo State, where he hails from, and apprehended him.
The suspect, in his statement, said, “I am a trader and I had shops in Mbano, Imo State. But they were demolished by the government. One of my friends introduced me to Internet fraud.” Crdt: Punchng