The Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Imo State Police Command said it has arrested one Emmanuel Obioma for defrauding his United States-based mistress, Ugo Emake, of N821,000.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, who briefed journalists on Tuesday said that Obioma also faked his own kidnap and demanded N1m ransom from his mistress.
Arrested with Obioma were his accomplices, Iheanacho Ugochi and Agbo Samuel.
The PPRO disclosed that a laptop, eight SIM cards, a Lexus 330 SUV and a mobile phone were recovered from the suspects as exhibits.
“On November 2, 2019, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, acting on a credible intelligence, arrested these suspects for fraud and fake kidnapping.
“Emmanuel initiated a relationship with one Ugo Emake, a female, who lives in the United States of America. He claimed that he lives in US as well. But he installed software, which ensured that a foreign number appears on the lady’s phone each time he calls.
“Having succeeded in making her believe that he lives in the US, he then informed her that he was travelling to Nigeria. Upon his fake arrival in Nigeria, he claimed that he had an accident and that two people lost their lives in the process.
“He, therefore, demanded a financial assistance for his treatment as a result of which she sent him the sum of N821,000 in two instalments.
“Furthermore, on October 17, he raised a false alarm of being kidnapped while returning to Owerri from Kogi State. He demanded N1m from his mistress, which he said was the ransom amount.
“Investigation was launched and he and his accomplices were arrested by SARS.”
Ikeokwu disclosed that the SARS Commander, Godfrey Victor, headed the team that arrested the suspects.