The Suspect, Olaogun Babatunde
The Operatives of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), have arrested a graduate of University of Lagos (UNILAG), Olaogun Babatunde, for allegedly using fake bank alert to defraud Nigerians of N9.6million.
The alleged notorious fraudster used fake alert to get a whooping N5million from a first bank cashier and another N4.6 million for the purchase of laptop computers.
Olaogun, 37 from Ogbomosho, Oyo State, is also known as, evil genius because of his expertise in generating fake bank credit alert he uses to defraud traders and others.
The suspect who is in his mid 40s was previously arrested by the IRT Commander DCP Tunji Disu led Radip Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command in 2018 when he allegedly generated and used fake bank alert to buy laptop computers worth N4.6 million from a dealer, Kevin Otenuga.
The fact of the latest arrest of the fraudster in Abuja the Nigeria capital city was that he met one Chidinma Vivian Okwenna through social network platform where they interacted and exchanged contacts.
But on 9th December, 2021 he approached, Chindima Vivian, again at Wuse Zone 2 First Bank for N5 million new notes saying his boss was in need of it.
Immediately , Chindima Vivian, rallied round and was able to raise the sum of N3.5 million and handed it over to him and he subsequently generated fake bank credit alert of its equivalent through Zenith Bank accounts and send it to her and immediately.
He, however, took excuse and rushed out of the bank claiming to have meeting with someone, but immediately he stepped out of the bank, he blocked the complainant from reaching him both on social platforms and mobile networks.
Meanwhile, after obtaining his account statement, it was discovered that he was just having just N24, 000 in that Zenith Bank account on that day of transaction.
Thereafter, all efforts by the fraud victim and complainant to reach him proved abortive until she reported to FIB-IRT CENTRAL BASE and the suspect was tracked and arrested in Lokoja, Kogi State.
Upon interrogation, he confessed to have used the fake alert to purchased goods worth billions of naira, adding that he had defrauded many traders in Lagos and other cities.
The suspect is said to have been on the wanted list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and had undertaken interrogation.
The Inspector- General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba has therefore warned the public particularly traders to be wary of the activities of fraudsters who use fake bank alert to defraud citizens
He, equally assures, the nation of diligent prosecution of all forms of electronic frauds in accordance to the nation’s law by the Police in his determination to rid the nation of all forms of crimes and criminal activities.