A 70-year-old man who has allegedly been parading himself as President Muhammadu Buhari’s adviser on defence matters has landed himself in the dragnet of the FCT police command.
The command yesterday said it had arrested 70-year- old fake Presidential Adviser on Defence Matters, name withheld on Sunday, in Maitama district of the nation’s capital.
Presenting the suspect who claimed to be a retired Army Colonel, to the media, the command’s spokesman, ASP Anjuguri Manzah, said the suspect’s arrest followed a tip-off.
“Police operatives attached to Maitama Division acting on a tip-off arrested one fake Colonel (name withheld) who claimed to be the Special Adviser to the President on Defence Matters.
“He also confessed that he only hides under that guise to solicit for juicy contracts or financial favour from his high profile victims,” Manzah said.
The PRO also revealed that the suspect, who specialised in defrauding influential people in the society, had gone to the area to meet up with an appointment with a former state governor.
Manzah also said that one fake identification card and five complimentary cards were recovered from him.
The suspect, who said he had been in the business for over three years disclosed that he worked with the Bauchi State government up to 1990.
“I thought it was an easy way to feed my family,” the suspect said.
Manzah said that the suspect had been transferred to the command Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department for further investigation.
In another development, the command said it has arrested a suspect who specialised in producing and circulating fake N1, 000 notes to unsuspecting members of the public.
The PRO said that the suspect was arrested by police operatives around Royal Park in Wuse 2, Abuja, where he had gone to buy mobile phone recharge card.
According to him, items recovered from the suspect include 54 pieces of fake N1, 000 notes.
The suspect who fielded questions from journalists said he was introduced into the business by a friend who resides in Lugbe, Abuja, who linked him with his friend in Lagos.