Police arrest students for impersonating customs officers on social media

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The Intelligence Response Team of the Inspector-General of Police has arrested three students and one other person, who allegedly posed on Facebook as customs officers auctioning cars.

The Leader of the IRT, Abba Kyari, confirmed the arrest in Lagos on Thursday.

He said two of the students were from the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, and one from the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, both in Edo State. 

Kyari said the suspects also posed on some other social media as customs officers auctioning cars.

“After several complaints to the IG about activities of some fraudsters posing as Nigeria Customs officers on social media and defrauding millions of naira from innocent Nigerians in the guise of auctioning cars, IG Ibrahim Idris directed the IRT to trace and arrest the criminals.

“After analysis of intelligence on ground, two IRT teams were deployed to Edo, and eventually, four suspects were arrested in Ekpoma.

“All the suspects confessed to the crimes and stated how they swindled millions of naira from innocent Nigerians while posing as customs officers auctioning cars.

“Exhibits such as customs documents, pictures of genuine customs officers they impersonated, bank account numbers they used for the crime, and communication between them and their victims, were found in their phones and laptops,” Kyari said.   

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