The Intelligence and Investigations department of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Kwara State Command have arrested a notorious internet fraudster who specializes in withdrawing money from people’s bank account after stealing their phones.
This was disclosed to the newsmen in ilorin on Tuesday in a release signed by the NSCDC spokesman in the State Babawale Zaid Afolabi.
The suspect, Charles Gabriel Purple a.k.a Pastor 37, who claimed to reside at No 16, Opaleye Street, Mile 2 Lagos was picked up by the crack detectives team of NSCDC at their hideout located around Offa road in Ilorin.
” Our Intelligence and Investigations department received a missing phone complaint from one Buraimoh Sunmonnu Adebayo, 57, who lives at No 207, Lagos Road, Sawmill area, Ilorin who claimed that he lost phone when he boarded a tricycle from IGS to Taiwo road in ilorin metropolis”.
Babawale narrated further that the complaint would realize that after few hours of losing his phone that a sum of 500 thousands naira has been withdrawn from both his personal account and another company account where he is one of the signatories.
” Our detective and tactical team would later swung into action and was able to tracked down the suspect to their hideout at Offa road, ilorin on Monday where the suspect and his accomplices were rounded up”. Babawale added.
In his confessional statement, the suspect admitted to be a notorious internet fraudster and also confessed to have stolen Buraimoh Sunmonnu Adebayo’s phone, though stated that he has so far withdrawn sum of 400 thousand naira from two bank accounts of the complainant and not 500k as being claimed by the Adebayo.
Other accomplices picked up at their hideout are Alfred Adegoke, 34, and Yusuf Saman 30.
Items recovered from the suspects’ hideout are 13 mobile phones and some hard drug substances.
The State Commandant Iskilu Ayinla Makinde has order full scale investigations into matter and that the suspects will be charged to court after the completion of the investigations.