– The police command in Sokoto has arrested a fraudster, Mahmuda Hamza, for going about as an officer of the force – Hamza used his fake identity card, retrieved from a deceased police operative, to extort money from villagers – He confessed to newsmen that he fed his entire family with the proceeds of his fraudulent activities Mahmuda Hamza, a fraudster, has been arrested by the police command in Sokoto state for disguising as an officer, thereby extorting money from unsuspecting persons. Mahmuda Hamza was paraded alongside some area boys at the police headquarters in the state on Friday, July 6, by the police command. DSP Cordelia Nwawe, the public relations officer, said that the commissioner of police in Sokoto has embarked on a crack down on criminal activities of hoodlums, rogues and violent persons.
Mahmuda Hamza cross-questioned by newsmen and security operatives in Sokoto (Photo Credit: Punch) Speaking with Punch, Hamza confessed that he took the identity card from a dead policeman and attached his passport photograph to it. He said: “I am a fraudster and I know I have committed an offence but I am pleading, I will not go into crime again if I am pardoned. I am not an armed robber, but a fraudster. I have two wives and seven children and I feed them all from the money I make through this fraud.” Moreover, the police also paraded one Usman Danmaliki, who used sacked police personnel to extort money from villagers. Danmaliki was rearrested in a court premises after appearing before a magistrate for a similar crime.
Aliyu Usman Rikina, one of Danmaliki’s victims had accused him of harassment and extortion. Rikina said: “He was using some dismissed police officers to intimidate and extort money and other valuables from our people in Dange Shuni village.” Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arrested two suspected fraudsters for defrauding a victim of N31, 000,000 (Thirty one million naira only) in the guise of making “money medicine” for him. The suspects: Balogun Olumide Ojo and Augustine Opaso were arrested in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. They were arrested based on a petition by their victim, who alleged that the suspects deceived him into believing that he could access his family wealth through some “special prayers” that would offer him “money medicine”.