By Uche Amunike
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed their arrest of a suspected fake Army General for allegedly trying to dupe his victim of N270m and forging President Buhari’s signature on a fake letter of appointment.
The EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujare announced in a statement that the culprit, Bolarinwa Oluwasegun was arrested by the officers of the Lagos State Zonal Command of the EFCC for making false representations to the complainant, Kodef Clearing Resources, where he stated that President Muhammadu Buhari had short-listed him to be appointed as Chief of Army Staff and therefore needed a short grant to help him press and process the appointment.
This was why he forged a letter of appointment as Chief of Army Staff supposedly signed by President Buhari and showed it to the victim to further authenticate his claim.
In the letter, he accepted that he needed to pay some amount of money into the Treasury of the Federal government of Nigeria as part of what was required of him, in the new appointment as Chief of Army Staff.
In his attempt to defraud the victim, Mr Oluwasegun also reportedly forged several documents including the signature of President Muhammadu Buhari.
This led to EFCC’s arrest of the fake General at his home in Alagbado, Lagos state, where 6 pump action guns, 3 cartridge bullets, several forged documents and a swagger stick were recovered from him.
He will be charged to court as soon as the EFCC is done with their investigation.
Relatively, the Lagos Zonal Commission of the anti-grant agency also arrested a suspected fake lawyer, Adekola Adekeye for impersonation and forgery.
In a statement signed by the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, Mr Adekeye visited the Commission in Lagos on Tuesday and posed as a lawyer to secure the release of a detained fraud suspect.
Unfortunately, when investigators dug in deep to verify the documents he presented to secure the bail of the detained suspect, they found out that they were forged.
His residence was searched as a result and several forged documents that dated back to 2005 were found. They include forged documents of Lagos State University and Kwara State College of Education.
He also claimed to be the CEO of ‘A.A Emmanuel and Co. Chambers’ which he has so far used in perpetrating frauds until he was caught in the net of the anti-graft agency for forgery and impersonation.
Uwujaren has vouched that the Commission will not relent in ensuring that impostors that use fake personalities and documents to seek for the bail of suspects are made to face the full wrath of the law.
The fake lawyer, Adekoye Adekeye, who specializes in documents forgery for perpetrating fraud will soon be arraigned in court.
Lately there has been an increase in cyber fraud, forgery and impersonation crimes in different parts of the country. However the anti-graft agency, EFCC has been on their toes tracking down the culprits and making them face the consequences of their actions.