30-year-old Ismaila Yahaya, has been arrested by the operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau of the Niger State Police Command for defrauding residents of MYPA Dutsen-Kura Gwari in the Chanchaga Local Government Area of the state.
The suspect, who resides behind the MYPA College, Dutsen-Kura Gwari, was arrested after the SIB operatives mounted surveillance around his residence.
It was learnt that the suspect had defrauded one Fatima Kasim of the same address of the sum of N286,000 on the pretext of doubling it for her.
Northern City News gathered in Minna on Thursday that the suspected fraudster and his accomplices had been in the business for over three years.
In an interview with our correspondent, Yahaya said he and his accomplices had perfected the art of smooth-talking their victims into parting with various sums of money on the pretext of doubling same for them.
“In the beginning, we would double about N30,000 to convince them that we were real and subsequent ones would either be fake naria notes or we simply run away with their money,” he stated.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muhammad Abubakar, confirmed the arrest.
Abubakar said the police were on the trail of two members of the syndicate, adding that Yahaya would be charged after the conclusion of investigation.