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Crime - January 20, 2023

Lagos Task force arrests two  ex -convicts  in attempt  to defraud a lady


Stanley Ihedigbo

Operatives of Lagos State Task Force has arrested two ex -convicts who  wanted to defraud a lady.

The two ex -convicts,  Abdullahi Mohammed and Victor Etuk, were arrested at mid-day by officers of the agency along Oshodi while in the process of swindling an unsuspecting lady walking along the road  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.

Which the lady declined but the suspects promised her an iPhone 11 Pro Max and N200,000  if she could take them to where they could change their dollars.

According to the agency Chairman, CSP Shola Jejeloye, the lady repeated appeal for them to leave her alone drew the attention of the officers who swooped in on them and effected their arrest.

He 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.

He further said that the suspects confessed to be ex -convicts.

“Mohammed said he has spent six weeks in Badagry Correction Centre after being convicted for other crimes and  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.

The agency Chairman further said, Etuk was arrested during the pandemic by officers of Ago Police Station for defrauding a woman through this same means and his share of the loot was 12,000 Naira.

“He spent 7 months behind bars but as soon as he got out of jail he went back into the same practice,” he said.

Jejeloye noted,” We have heard of this method of defrauding people popularly known as “wash-wash” and it is quite unfortunate that it is still being adopted up to this very day. These two are just part of a larger syndicate who still engage in this practice and we will make sure that they are all fished out and brought to book”

Jejeloye appealed to Lagosians to be vigilant especially in crowded areas where people like this lurk and search for who to defraud.

He urged Lagosians to alert the Police or any security agency once anything suspicious takes place around them.

He promised to intensify efforts to ensure that miscreants and hoodlums are taken off the streets for the safety and serenity of all.

“The Agency will leave no stone unturned this year and anyone engaging in crimes or criminality will be arrested and prosecuted. The two suspexts will be charged to court accordingly,” he stated.

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