Police in Ekiti State have arrested three persons allegedly impersonating staff of the Office of the National Security Adviser, while attempting to dupe Ekiti State governor ,Ayo Fayose over the outcome of the military panel probing role of the army in Ekiti and Osun states’ governorship elections.
The two men allegedly claimed to be President Muhammadu Buhari’s private security aides, adding to be in possession of the preliminary report of the military panel, sought the governor’s cooperation so that they would manipulate the final report, if necessary.
While two of the suspects, Benedict Ola Idega and Abdulsalami Leader, were arrested at the governor’s private residence at Afao Ekiti, where they had allegedly gone to present what they called part of the preliminary report of the panel to the governor on Saturday, the third, who was an accomplice, was said to have been arrested in the hotel room where the suspects lodged in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
The identity card found on Abdulsalami Leader H bore “GMB SECURITY” and it was stated at the back that he (Abdulsalami) is the security of Gen. Mohammadu Buhari with Number 34, Lobitto Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja as issuer’s address and 088133636478 and 08057010255 as telephone numbers. Benedict Ola Idega was with identity card bearing Federal Capital Development Authority.
Police Spokesman in Ekiti State, Mr Alberto Adeyemi, who confirmed the arrest, said the police would investigate the two men thoroughly to ascertain their real identities and intentions.
Adeyemi, who said the command had two suspected fraudsters being detained at the State Police headquarters, said: “I have just called the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigations Department, CID, who confirmed to me that the two men were being interrogated in connection with the matter”.
The two suspects were said to have presented what they called photocopy of purported page 3 of the panel preliminary report having Nigerian Army logo to the governor to ascertain their claim.
But the governor, who gave the impression he was playing along, asked them to wait for gratification following which he called the Commissioner of Police, Mr Etop James, and the Director of State Services (DSS), Mr Duke Fubara, who in turn asked their men to move in and arrest the two suspects.