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Police arrest man for allegedly using social media to defraud people

Isiyaku Ahmed

Police in Kano have confirmed the arrest and prosecution of one Aliyu Hussaini for allegedly using social media to defraud 37 people in Kano.  

This was contained in a statement issued to newsmen by the Command’s spokesman, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, on Monday.

According to the statement, a report was received on November, 9th from a woman, Yelwa Shandam, Plateau State, that one Facebook user with account name “Aliyu Hussaini Salisu”, displayed Textile materials such Lace, “Shadda” etc and advertise on his Facebook page for sale.

“She ordered for fourteen (14) different textile materials at One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000:00) and sent the money through Unguwa Uku Motor Park Kano. But, instead of sending the materials, he packaged rag and tattered Mosquito Nets and sent to her,” the statement added.

Upon receiving the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi, raised and instructed a team of detectives led by DSP Mutari Jibrin Dawanau to arrest the culprit.

“The team immediately swung into action and arrested the suspect, one Aliyu Hussaini, 25 years old, of Hotoro Quarters Kano, at Unguwa Uku Motor Park, Kano.

“The suspect was caught in possession of a Laptop Computer and a Mobile Phone while trying to defraud another suspecting victim.”

The statement said during interrogation, the suspect revealed he specialized in using WhatsApp and Facebook to advertise Textile Materials, collect people’s money and then either block their social media accounts/phone numbers or send tattered rags to them.

He also confessed to have applied the same method to defraud about 37 people from different parts of the country, especially females that have passion for designed materials.

Stallion Times reports that after his arrest, thirty-seven (37) persons have lodged complaints and reported that, the suspect defrauded them the sum of One Million and Fourteen Thousand Naira (N1,014,000.00).

The suspect has been charged to Senior Chief Magistrate Court, No. 26 Ungogo for prosecution.

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