The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command have arrested a suspect, Terhemba Tsuum (39) for impersonating the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello and defrauding unsuspecting public of N38 million.
Parading the suspect, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), FCT Command, Anjuguri Manzah said that the police traced the suspect to Benue State, where he was arrested and brought back to the FCT to face the law.
Manzah also seized the opportunity to advise FCT residents, and indeed all Nigerians to always be vigilant and more conscious of people they go into business with.
“Always verify, even if it means going to the office to check. Do a proper check before parting with your money, because money is not easy to come by. Ensure you are dealing with the right persons, especially when it comes to the issues of land,” he added.
In a chat with newsmen, the suspect confessed to committing the crime and regretted that he was unaware of the gravity of the offence, even as he also disclosed that he has since refunded almost all the monies to his victims.
On how he was able to convince the people to part with their money, the suspect disclosed that as an agent, his job was to connect those who have land to sell with buyers and get five per cent.
According to him, “I meet people and tell them that I have someone that will help them to get land, so those interested would give me their acknowledgement papers, while some will give me money to get them the acknowledgements from Abuja Geographical Information System (AGIS).”