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31 Oct 2019

'FCT Minister' Arrested For N52m Fraud

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, police command has arrested 27-year-old Mohammed Bello Kolo for ‘impersonating’ the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammed Musa Bello, and defrauding people of N52 million.
Parading the suspect yesterday at the command headquarters on Wednesday, Police Commissioner, Bala Ciroma said, “Following a complaint received on 28th October, 2019 police operatives attached to State Intelligence Bureau of the FCT Command arrested one Mohammed Bello Kolo, ‘m’, 27 years, who has been parading himself as the “Honouroble Minister of FCT” Mallam Muhammed Musa Bello and defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.

“In the course of impersonating the Honourable Minister, he has so far defrauded his victims of cash worth of fifty two million naira (52,000,000) which he allegedly received in installments under pretence of giving them contracts.

The suspects said he had access to classified information while he served at the Federal Capital Territory Administration during his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) attachment.

“Exhibits recovered include:- One(1) 206 Peugeot with Reg. No. ABJ 856 SU, One (1) Tricycle with Reg. No.KEF 807 WT, One (1) 55″ and 46 inches Samsung Plasma TV, Ione (1) Dining Set, 10000 watts Fireman Generator set, One (1) Washing Machine Hisense Deep Freezer, which the suspect claimed to have purchased from the money he received.

“Efforts are in place to arrest his cohorts one Simon ‘m’ and one Idris ‘m’ posing as the Director of Procurement FCTA and PA to the Hon. Minister respectively. The suspects will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigation to serve as a deterrent to others.”

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