The Nigeria Police Force have arrested five persons who allegedly specialize in impersonating journalists to steal from important personalities.
The force made this announcement on Friday, stating that the impersonators lied about being journalists just to gain access to important occasions.
In a statement signed by the Police Force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, those arrested included the gang leader, one Musa Auwalu, 43, from Kano, Kolawole Akinbode, 50 from Ogun, Umar Abba, 53, from Adamawa, Abdullahi Muhammed, 53, from Bauchi and Muhammed Sale, 60, from Kano.
According to the statement, the suspects were arrested in Ogun, Edo and Kano.
The Spokesman also listed items recovered from the suspects to include 13 cell phones, fake journalist identity cards purportedly issued by non-existing media outfits, and a house in Kano built by Auwalu.
“The Inspector-General’s Intelligence Response Team trailed and arrested the suspects after complaints of stolen phones from important personalities, who attended a wedding in Abeokuta, Ogun on July 8.
“The house built by Auwalu in Kano, with proceeds of such thefts, has been identified,” he said.
He also said that the suspects had confessed to the crime and also admitted to various key roles they played in the commission of such crimes over time.
Moshood said that the suspects also confessed that they specialised in impersonating as Journalists to gain access into venues of important occasions to steal.
“Investigation is being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large. All the suspects will be arraigned on completion of investigation,” he said.