By Aaron Ossai
Operatives of the Intelligence Response Team, IRT of the Force Intelligence Bureau, FIB of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested a suspected notorious and serial fake bank alert fraudster.
The suspected fraudster, Olaogun Babatunde was accused of using fake bank alerts to defraud a Nigerian of N5 million and another N4.6 million for the purchase of laptop computers totaling NN9.6 million.
According to the IRT, Olaogun male, 37 hails from Ogbomosho, Oyo State graduated from the University of Lagos in 2008 and is popularly called evil genius by friends because of his expertise in generating fake bank credit alerts which he uses to defraud traders and others.
The IRT further disclosed that the suspect was previously arrested by the IRT Commander, DCP Tunji Disu led Rapid Response Squad of the of the Lagos State Police Command in 2018 when he was alleged to have generated and used fake bank alert to buy laptop computers worth N4.6 million for a dealer, one Kevin Otenuga.
It stated the latest arrest of the suspect in Abuja was that he met one Chidinma Vivian Okwenna through social network platform where they interacted and exchanged contacts and that on 9th December 2021 he approached Chindima Vivian again at Wuse Zone 2 FirstBank for N5 million new notes for his boss.
“Immediately, Chindima Vivian rallied round and was able to raise the sum of N3.5 million and handed it over to him and he subsequently generated fake bank credit alert of its equivalent through Zenith Bank accounts and send it to her and immediately took excuse and rushed out of the bank claiming to have meeting with someone.
“However, immediately he stepped out of the bank, he blocked the complainant from reaching him both on social platforms and mobile networks”, the police further explained.
Meanwhile, after obtaining his account statement, it was discovered that he was just having N24, 000 in that Zenith Bank account on that day of transaction and thereafter, all efforts by the victim and complainant to reach him proved abortive until she reported to FIB-IRT CENTRAL BASE and the suspect was tracked and arrested in Lokoja, Kogi State.