Police Arrest Fake Philanthropist In Enugu

…..Recovers fraudulently obtained bags of Rice

The Police Operatives serving in the Ogui Police Division of Enugu State Command have arrested one Nnamani Joseph, aged 45, who has perfected plans to defraud a businessman of eighteen bags of rice valued at about four hundred thousand Naira (N400,000.00), under the guise of buying and using the rice for charity at a church.

The Public Relations Officer of the Enugu State Police Command, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, said that on February 14, 2024, Valentine’s Day, Nnamani went to the premises of a church (name withheld) in Ogui, Enugu, from where he called the businessman (names withheld) on the phone, requesting eighteen 25 kg bags of rice valued with the pretence of wanting to use the same for charity to the church.

“The businessman accordingly supplied the rice and unsuspectingly followed Nnamani to the bank to receive his payment through bank transfer. But while effecting the payment, Nnamani secretly left the bank, went back to the church, and made away with the bags of rice to an unknown destination.

“The suspect, however, could not run or hide for so long, as the Police Operatives, upon receiving the report, embarked on an intelligence-driven investigation, which led to his arrest on February 20, 2024, at Enene, Enugu. Eight out of the eighteen 25 kg bags of rice were recovered from him, after he had re-bagged and sold the other bags at Oye Enene Market, Enugu.

DSP Ndukwe said that the suspect and his cohorts will be charged in a court of law once investigations are concluded.

“The citizenry, particularly businessmen and women, are hereby advised to always be security conscious and wary of whom and how they transact in such circumstances, to avoid falling prey to fraudulent suspects like Nnamani.

“Additionally, while the investigation lasts, person(s) who may have suffered a similar act of fraud by the suspect, are encouraged to report to the mentioned Police Division to volunteer relevant information, the statement concluded.