[From INI BILLIE, Uyo]
Two men have been arrested in Uyo by the Akwa Ibom State Police Command for using fake bank alerts to make purchases and operate a Point of Service (POS).
One of the suspects, 26 year-old Moses Asuquo fraudulently used fake alert to defraud one Markson Mark Wisdom and Edidiong Samuel Robert of N200,000 at his POS stand.
The second suspect, Emeka Akuma used fake bank alert to buy a car in Lagos and brought it to Uyo.
According to a press release signed and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Uyo, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Macdon said the police will deal with perpetrators of the crime.
He however warned members of the public, especially car owners to be conscious of the security of their cars and install security devices for protection.
“The Akwa Ibom State Police Command, on 18/1/2021, relying on credible information, that a Lexus 330 salon car was bought with fake bank alert at Festac Town, Lagos State, trailed the said car to Uyo via Abia State.
“In a coordinated operation, and utilizing the instruments of intelligence-driven policing by the Anti- Cultism Unit of the Command, arrested one Emeka John Akuma, ‘m’ of Abia State, along IBB Road by Ibom Hall, driving the car with a fake number plate; Lagos AKD 230 GQ and recovered the said vehicle.
“In another development, on 17/1/2021, Operatives of the same Unit apprehended a POS Operator, one Moses James Asuquo ‘m’, aged 26yrs for fraudulently using fake alert to defraud one Markson Mark Wisdom and Edidiong Samuel Robert of the sum of Two Hundred Thousand (N200,000.00) naira, at his POS stand, situated at Udoudoma Avenue, Uyo.
“The Commissioner of Police, Amiengheme Andrew, while drawing the attention of members of the public to the prevalence of these crimes has also called on them to take additional steps in security their cars by inserting security devices and be more vigilant after parking their cars as the Command is inundated of stolen cars,” he said.