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Taskforce will continually make the state unhabitable for criminals — Jejeloye

By Gbenga Salau
22 January 2023   |   4:01 am
Lagos State Taskforce in its efforts to achieve zero tolerance for crime in the state has again fulfilled its promise of making criminality unattractive through the arrest of a two-man syndicate who specialise in defrauding unsuspecting members of the public of their hard earned money in the name of assisting them with converting dollars to…

Head of the Lagos State Task Force, Shola Jejeloye (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

Lagos State Taskforce in its efforts to achieve zero tolerance for crime in the state has again fulfilled its promise of making criminality unattractive through the arrest of a two-man syndicate who specialise in defrauding unsuspecting members of the public of their hard earned money in the name of assisting them with converting dollars to naira.

The duo, Abdullahi Mohammed and Victor Etuk were arrested at mid-day by officers of the agency around Oshodi while in the process of swindling an unsuspecting lady walking along that axis by asking for directions to a non existent market and then later asking her for a place to change their supposed large sum of dollars.

She declined but they promised her an iPhone 11 Pro Max and N200,000 if she could take them to where they could change their dollars. Her repeated appeal for them to leave her alone drew the attention of the officers who swooped in on them and effected their arrest.

One of the suspects, Victor Etuk claimed he has been in the practice for over three years and had been convicted for it in 2020 for seven months after being caught.

“I was arrested during the pandemic by officers of Ago Police Station for defrauding a woman through this same means and my share of the loot was 12,000 Naira. I spent 7 months behind bars but as soon as I got out of jail I went back into the same practice”

The second suspect, Abdullahi Mohammed is also an ex convict who spent six weeks in Badagry Correction Centre after being convicted for other crimes.

Speaking on the arrest, the Chairman, CSP Shola Jejeloye described the antics of the suspects as an old trick in the book which has been on for a long time but unfortunately some individuals still fall victim to it.