The Nigeria Police Force said it had arrested one Yakasai Mohammed who specialised in impersonating police and court officials to defraud family members of arrested suspects in Kano.
ACP Abayomi Shogunle, Head, Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), disclosed this in a report on Tuesday in Abuja.
Shogunle said the suspect was arrested by the Kano State Police Command after a complaint was made to the PCRRU on July 27 through a phone call from a female (name withheld).
He said that the woman got the contact number of the unit from the unit’s flyers in Hausa, English and Kanuri, dropped by a police Helicopter on July 26 in Kano.
He explained that the complainant’s son was arrested by a team of police on patrol, for an alleged robbery after a raid on Kwana Hudu area of Kano on July 17.
Shogunle said that the suspect was taken to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) office in Kano, from where he was subsequently charged to court for alleged robbery.
He said that Yakasai who posed as an Investigating Police Officer (IPO) at the court premises, collected N100, 000 for bail and promised to release her son but failed.
He said that immediately the case was reported to the PCRRU, it was referred to the Commissioner of Police in Kano for investigation in line with the directives of the Inspector-General of Police.
“Investigation carried out by the Kano State Police command revealed that the arrest of the complainant’s son and subsequent prosecution in court is pursuant to an investigation into a reported case.
“The said Yakasai was arrested and it was discovered that he is not a police officer or court official but an impostor who goes around courts in Kano metropolis pretending to be a police officer and a court worker,” he said.
He said that Yakasai confessed to the crime and the extorted N100,000 was recovered from him and handed to the complainant.
Yakasai has also been charged to court for prosecution accordingly, and he has been remanded in prison custody pending the next hearing date.
The PCRRU was established by the Nigeria Police Force in November 2015, with a mandate to receive and resolve cases of professional misconduct brought against its officers.