In quite another impressive breakthrough in its fight against international crimes, the Interpol Unit of the Nigeria Police, headed by DCP Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, in conjunction with its counterpart in Abu-Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, has located and effected the arrest of a suspected fraudster,a police statement said today. The suspect , Itumo Anthony Chidebere had fled to Dubai after defrauding a Nigerian businesswoman of a whopping sum of Two Million US Dollars,the police said.
The 35-year old suspect, who hails from Ebonyi State, has been on the run for the past 13 months after perfecting his fraudulent deal. In about June, 2012, the suspect was reported to have presented himself to the said businesswoman as an Estate Broker in Dubai, claiming that he could purchase a house for his victim. Relying on this assurance, the unsuspecting complainant made a payment of $2,082,139 US Dollars to the suspect, on the receipt of which the suspect disappeared without purchasing the said house, but rather chose to be running from one country to another in a bid to evade arrest.
Force Public Relations Officer,CSP Frank Mba said in the meantime, Interpol Abuja is working with their United Arab Emirates counterpart and the Federal Ministry of Justice to facilitate the extradition of the suspect to Nigeria.
“While commending the personnel of the Interpol section for this and other numerous
successes recorded in international anti-crime operations, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar reaffirmed the determination of the Force to bring to justice all criminals connected with international crimes, promising to strengthen the bond between the Nigeria Police and their counterparts in other countries in resolving all trans-border crimes.
“The IGP further advised Nigerians in Diaspora to steer clear of fraud, drug trafficking and other related crimes, noting that engaging in such criminal activities could bring the image of Nigeria to disrepute”,the statement said.