Police have arrested four persons for allegedly impersonating the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari and the national security adviser, Babagana Monguno.
They were busted by detectives attached to the inspector-general of police’s Intelligence Response Team, IRT.
The suspects, identified as Ovie Ogogo, 47; Abdulazeez Eragbe, 40; Babatunde Oshamoto 49; and Samuel Idah, had on different occasions also impersonated the minister of petroleum, minister of finance and ruling APC supremo, Bola Tinubu.
Spokesman to Nigeria Police Force, Moshood Jimoh, confirmed the arrest, saying the suspects were members of a notorious syndicate that specializes in impersonating prominent citizens.
He said their arrest is sequel to series of complaints, which the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris received from members of the public on the activities of the criminals.
Mr Jimoh, a chief superintendent of police, said based on the strength of the complaints, Mr Idris directed Assistant Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari to fish out members of the gang.
“After three days of unrelenting follow-up and intelligence, they were tracked down to a luxury hotel in Kaduna and arrested there. The suspects at different fora posed as chief of staff to president, NSA, minister of petroleum, minister of finance, Chief Bola Tinubu, and Senate president.”
The police spokesman said investigation revealed that Samuel Idah is the one who supplies the gang with SIM cards allegedly registered in the names of prominent Nigerians.
Fourteen different phones with SIM cards registered in the names of top government officials and a diary containing phone numbers of several top government officials and popular Nigerians were recovered from the suspects.
They further confessed to have made over N20 million from their criminal activities within the last six months, and mentioned one Prince Maurice based in United Kingdom as their gang leader.
“They admitted (to) posing as the Secretary to the Federal Government, Mr. Babachir David to swindle one Nnamdi Udo of N4 million,” Mr Jimoh said.
The police spokesman added that Mr Nnamdi was looking for a federal appointment.