Ayodeji Ademiluyi, 36, was detained by members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in the state capital of Ekiti for allegedly impersonating a doctor and cheating point-of-sale operators.
Mr. John Fayemi, the agency’s state commandant, claimed that the suspect tricked the operators by providing false alarms after receiving payment from them.
He claimed that the suspect activated a phone app on his device, which also resulted in a call from his fictitious hospital requesting his assistance with a patient.
“The PoS operator will then consider his status as a doctor and allow him to go. Later, the PoS operator will discover that he or she has been duped,” Fayemi added.
According to a statement from the state’s NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Tolulope Afolabi, the commandant said in Ado Ekiti while introducing Ademiluyi and another alleged fraudster, 26-year-old Innocent Ekpako, who was apprehended in Cross River State for allegedly defrauding his boss.
According to the commandant who said Ademiluyi had been committing the crime in the city of Ado Ekiti, “The suspect had defrauded over 25 PoS operators before men of the Counter-Terrorism Unit launched a manhunt for him with their dragnet, which paid off when he was arrested yesterday (Monday). Preliminary investigation shows that he is not a doctor but an okada rider.”
Ekpako, who was detained in Ikom, Cross River State, according to Fayemi, fled with a sizable sum of money that belonged to his master in Ado Ekiti.
He stated: “The suspect is a former employee of a store in Ado Ekiti where he worked as a sales representative before he was sent on an errand with some money which he did not return. He disappeared into thin air until he was tracked, traced and arrested in Cross River State. The two suspects have confessed to the crime.”
The state command had received numerous complaints about PoS fraud and theft, therefore the commandant warned PoS operators and store owners in the state to be cautious of their employees and customers.