Lagos, Nigeria. August 27th: The operatives of Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested four members of two fraud syndicates, one of which hypnotizes victims, and operating in Ikeja, Maryland, Ojodu-Berger, Agege and Oshodi parts of the metropolis. The members of the syndicates, three male and a female were arrested in two separate cases of fraud this weekend in Ikeja and Oshodi.
The first syndicate members Sunday Atanda, 56 and Fausat Tijani, 58, were arrested yesterday while other members of the syndicate namely Kayode, Shina and Lateef are still at large. Sunday Atanda, 56, lives at 13, Pero Street, Agege and 58 year old Fausat Tijani is a pure water seller in Akala, Mushin. The arrests followed a failed bid to swindle a food seller of over N120,000 and dispossess her of her jewelry in Oshodi
The victim, identified as Rukayat Aderinwale was accosted and hypnotized by the syndicate of five members before dispossessing her of a purse containing N120,000.00 and her mobile phone. They were leading her away to another location when the lady regained her consciousness and called out to RRS officers stationed nearby.
In his confession to the police, Atanda gave the names of other syndicate members as Kayode, Shina and Lateef. He added that the syndicate only operated on the road. He stressed that what they wanted to achieve was to dispossess the mother of three of her money, phone and jewel. He maintained that he joined the team to raise money to feed his family.
He disclosed that the team operated in Agege and Oshodi, adding that Lateef is their ring-leader and he dictated when and where the syndicate would operate every day
The second group, comprising of Chinasa Sunday, 44 and Osadebe Aigbe 30, were arrested in Ikeja after several days of being under the surveillance of RRS Undercover team for defrauding a lady of the sum of N85,000.00.
Their victim, Grace Enitan, had reported at the RRS Headquarters that a syndicate of four men picked her up in a taxi and duped her of N85,000.00 while she was heading to Ikeja. Investigations revealed that Chinasa Sunday and Osadebe Aigbe were involved in the scam while their ring-leader, identified as Martin is on the run. The victim In her statement to the Decoy team of RRS headquarters identified the two suspects and their respective roles in the scam after their arrest .
Photo: Sunday Atanda, Fausat Tijani, Osadebe Aigbe, Chinasa Sunday (left to right)
Chinasa while pleading for leniency explained that he joined the syndicate after losing his job in February, 2017. He explained that they picked up the suspect in Olowopopo Way, Ikeja, adding that her role was to monitor their victims while the scam lasted.
Confirming the arrests, Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole said that the command is reinvigorated to make Lagos inhabitable for criminals. He added that investigation is on-going to arrest other syndicate members.