The Kano State Police Command has caught a phony police officer who uses a fake bank alert to swindle members of the public.
SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, the command’s spokesperson, said in a statement on Monday, March 7, that the suspect, Yusuf Abdullahi, had confessed to the crime.
“On the 03/03/2022 at around 1330hrs, complaints were received from three people of different addresses within Kano Metropolis, alleging that sometime in January 2022, someone wearing a Police Uniform with the name tag “Abdullahi Sarari” went to their shops, made purchases of goods worth One Hundred and Four Thousand Naira (N104,000:00), collected their bank account details, and claimed to have made transfers to their various bank accounts,” the PPRO stated.
“Despite the fact that they had not been notified of the payments and learned that he was wearing a police uniform, they trusted him, took his phone number, and let him go. He has not returned their calls since then, and they have denounced him to the police.
“Following receipt of the information, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi, Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, dispatched a team of Operation Puff Adder officers led by DSP Lamara Shalele Azare to apprehend the perpetrator.
“The team sprung into action right away. The suspect, one Yusuf Abdullahi,’m’, alias Abdullahi Sarari, of Gano Town, Dawakin Kudu LGA Kano State, was apprehended after extensive attempts and follow-up.
“During the course of the inquiry, the suspect confessed to the crime and indicated that he had a strong desire to join the police force, had attempted several times and failed exams; he then met his tailor and saw police uniform, which he used to scare and defraud members of the public.
Meanwhile, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, the Commissioner of Police for Kano State Command, has ordered a discreet inquiry, after which the case would be taken to court for prosecution.
He further cautions that criminals in Kano State will have nowhere to hide. It is suggested that they either repent or leave the state. They will be arrested and face the full force of the law if they do not comply.
He praised Kano State residents for their prayers, encouragement, unwavering support, and collaboration.
He advised residents to pray for the nation’s well-being and report incidents to the nearest police station, rather than enforcing laws themselves.
The Command will continue to conduct rigorous patrols and raids of criminal hideouts and black spots around the state as part of “Operation Puff Adder,” according to the CP.