The Kano State Police Command, the yesterday, announced the apprehension of a ‘spirit’ that engages in extorting money from the public by establishing fear in them via telephone calls.
Briefing reporters at the Bompai headquarters of the command, the Kano State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ibrahim K. Idris, described that the ‘spirit’ became one Alhaji Nura Hamza, a citizen of Kurna Asabe Quarters in the state.
Idris illustrated that the suspect had made the most of the fear enforced in his victims by his standing as a ‘spirit’ to induce them to source money and deposit same in a surrounding bush, on an anthill, for religious purposes.
He added that the plaintiff in this situation, after placing N800,000 as told by the ‘spirit,’ chose to trust his fate in a relative, who rapidly alerted him that he was being duped.
According to him, observing the report of the serial extortion to the authorities, detectives immediately swung into action, tempting the ‘spirit’ to the same place on the anthill, where he had consistently steered his victims to drop the money.
The bait, Idris claimed, produced the needed outcome as the ‘spirit’, upon his arrival, ended up a human, adding that the suspect was arrested and taken into custody.
He included: “When the suspect was questioned, he confessed that he committed the offence. The mobile phone used in intimidating and ripping off the victims was found in the suspect’s possession.”.
The police stated when the home of the suspect was ransacked, 7 pieces of fake US$ 100, three bundles of paper cut to size of US $100, four MTN SIM cards, three motorbikes, a generator and one mobile phone line were retrieved as exhibits by the police.
He disclosed that investigation into the incident was still on while adding that the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded.
Idris urged the public to report to the police any receipt of strange phone calls from unknown persons making strange requests, adding that the police had devised means of unraveling and arresting such criminal activities.