The arrested suspects
Two suspected fake journalists, Mujahid Kabir and Abba Imam have been rounded up by the Kano State Police Command for defrauding a trader with a fake bank alert.
Spokesperson of the command, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, in a statement on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, said the suspects bought a bag of rice at N33,000 from a plaza at Sharada Quarters and generated a fake alert.
''On 2nd February 2023 at about 1700hrs, a report was received from the Manager of a Plaza at Sharada Quarters, Kano Municipal LGA, Kano State that, two people went to their Plaza, purchased a bag of rice at Thirty-Three Thousand Naira (N33,000:00) and generated a fake alert to them,'' the statement read.
"On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command CP Mamman Dauda, psc(+) raised and instructed a team of detectives led by SP Abdulrahim Adamu, Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Sharada Division to arrest the culprits.
"The team immediately proceeded to the scene and arrested the two suspects while trying to escape, one Mujahid Kabir, 'm', 30 Years old, of Ahmadu Bello Way and Abba Imam, 'm', 30 years old, of Zoo Road Kano. On spot search, the suspects were found in possession of Vision FM Personnel Identity Cards.
"On preliminary investigation, the suspects confessed to having gone to Vision FM Radio station Kano, stole two personnel Identity Cards and made fake copies bearing their names and photographs. They further confessed to having gone to the said plaza at Sharada Quarters, bought a bag of rice and made a fake transaction with the cashier.
"The Commissioner of Police directed the case to be transferred to the Command's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for discreet investigation. Suspects will be charged to court upon completion of the investigation.
''The Commissioner of Police appreciates the good people of Kano State for their prayers, support, encouragement and cooperation. He advised residents to be wary of fraudsters and scammers, secure their bank details and report suspicious transactions to their banks. In case of emergencies or suspicious personal(s) / item(s), Kano State Police Command can be contacted through the following phone numbers; 08032419754, 08123821575, 09029292926.''