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Police arrest ‘internet fraudster for obtaining vehicle under false pretences’

The Lagos police command has arrested Joshua Olawuyi, a suspected internet fraudster, for allegedly obtaining a vehicle under false pretences.

In a statement on Thursday, Umma Ayuba, the zonal public relations officer, said the suspect was apprehended after the command received a petition against him.

“Based on a petition received from Adesuwa Ogizie, female, a US based licensed car dealer; that sometimes in 2016,  Olawuyi contacted her to purchase a Mercedes Benz GLE 350 valued at N30 million,” the statement reads.

“Olawuyi deceived her, stating that he had instructed his brother Jude Hanslem to make payment on his behalf.

“After the vehicle was delivered to the suspect in Nigeria; the petitioner discovered that the money paid into her account was the proceeds of fraud.”

Ayuba said the arrest was made by operatives of the Zone 2 anti-kidnapping unit in Onikan.

He added that an investigation is ongoing and that the suspect will be prosecuted accordingly upon completion of the investigation.

“The suspect was arrested and he volunteered his statement where he confessed to the crime,” he said.

“He claimed he was into internet fraud at the time he committed the offence and that the Mercedes Benz GLE 350 has been sold and the proceeds converted.”

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