Briefing newsmen on the arrests in Abuja on Thursday, the Force Spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood, said that on March 28, the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) cracked and arrested the notorious suspected criminals who posed as chief of staff to President, Senate President, National Security Adviser to President, Minister of petroleum, Minister of Finance, Minister of Transport, Chief Bola Tinubu, and many other prominent Nigerians. The suspects are identified as:
i. High Chief Ovie Ogo (Eze Ireoma of Omoku-Rivers state) a native of Ekpan in Ethiope East LGA of Delta state
ii. Abdullazeez Eragbe, 40, native of Ikabigbo in Esako West LGA of Edo State.
iii. Babatunde Oshamoto, 49, native of Iyamoye, Ijumu LGA of Kogi State.
iv. Samuel Idah, 25, native of Uromi, Esan North – East LGA of Edo State.
v. Prince Attah a.k.a Maurice (based in United Kingdom) at large.
He said exhibits recovered from them included 14 assorted G.S.M sets, all with sim cards registered with the names of top Government officials and other prominent Nigerians, several extra registered sim cards, a diary containing phone numbers of several top government officials and prominent persons in the country.
In a coordinated operation in synergy with the Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU) after a painstaking and sustained surveillance by IRT the above mentioned suspects were arrested. The four man gang notorious syndicate led by one High Chief Ovie Ogo ( Eze Ireoma of Omoku-Rivers state) was arrested in an Hotel in Kaduna State.
High Chief Ovie Ogo (Eze Ireoma of Omoku-Rivers state) 47yrs native of Omoku Rivers State who impersonates Prominent Citizens from the South-South and Southeast.
Abdulazeez Eragbe 40, impersonates prominent citizens from the North, born and brought up in Kaduna speaks Hausa fluently.
Babatunde Oshamoto 49, impersonates prominent citizens from the South West and North Central.
Samuel Idah 25, who supplies them with Sim cards registered with the names of the prominent Citizens.
All the suspects confessed to the crime admitting to have impersonated several prominent citizens and made over Twenty Million Naira (₦20,000,000) from their criminal acts within the last six (6) months before they were arrested:
The gang also posed as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and collected four Million Naira (₦4,000,000) from one man name withheld, who is seeking for Federal appointment.
They equally posed as Chief of Staff to the President and collected Two Million Five Hundred Thousand naira (₦2,500,000) from another individual, who is looking for contract.
The suspects again posed as the Chief of Staff to president and collected Seven Hundred Thousand Naira (₦700,000) from one young man name withheld, who is also seeking for Federal appointment.
Investigation is being intensified to arrest the other suspects at large while those arrested will be charged to court on completion of investigation. The statement also advise the general public to be careful and verify the identity of whosoever they may wish to transact business or relate with.