Wednesday, 11 March 2015
Fake Policeman Who Duped Nigerian Police N40 Million Revealed
It was reported that the suspect, who is from from southern Nigeria, after his dismissal from the Nigeria Police, forged personnel emolument records, including his last pay certificates and submitted them with fake names, ranks and Force Numbers to the Nigeria Police pay offices in Lagos, Edo, Cross River, Kaduna, Kogi, Ogun and Akwa Ibom state Police Commands.
Banor collected the sum of N40 million from the purse of the Nigeria Police under false pretence, the report added.According to police authorities, the suspect perpetrated the fraud by transferring himself to all the aforementioned Police Commands with fake documents and promoted himself to the ranks of ASP, DSP and SP anytime he received information about promotions in the Nigeria police.
Police investigation revealed that luck ran out on the suspect when he was arrested while wearing a fake SP rank.
It was gathered that the Deputy Commisioner of Police in charge of FSARS Lagos, DCP Chris Ezike received an intelligence report about the activities of the suspect and directed a police team led by DSP Solomon Igwe to fish out the suspect anywhere he may be found.
As a result, Banor was arrested in Onitsha, Anambra State, southeast Nigeria, and brought to Lagos for interrogation.
After investigation, the suspect was arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos on a 30-count charge of obtaining about N40 million from the Nigeria Police under false pretense.
Speaking in court on the matter, the police prosecutor, Supol Charles Odii, stated that Banor committed the alleged offence between 2006 and 2014 in seven Police Commands in Nigeria.
He said the offences the defendant committed are punishable under the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011, Advanced Fee Fraud and Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and the Miscellanous Offences Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
Before ordering the suspect to be remanded in prison custody, the presiding Judge, Justice J. Abang adjourned the case till 4 and 5 May, 2015 for trial.