A 28-year-old man has been arrested by the police in Kano for procuring a large number of various brands of mobile phones worth Three Million Naira and using a fake credit bank transfer for payment.
The suspect identified as Abdullahi Alhassan, was said to have driven in a BMW car bearing registration number NSR 294 BG to the phone dealer’s shop at the F-Center GSM market in Kano on Saturday, September 26, and picked a variety of mobile phones.
A trader who witnessed the botched business transaction said after packing the phones, Abdullahi, who went to the shop with an accomplice now at large, requested for the bank account details of the shop owner and pretended to have made a transfer of Three Million Naira to his account.
It was learnt that though the phone dealer whose name was given as Muazu Umaru actually received a credit alert for the sum at the time, it was a fake alert and the money wasn’t in his account.
Consequently, he raised the alarm which led to the arrest of Abdullahi by a police patrol team which gave the suspected fraudsters a hot chase. However, his accomplice whose identity could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report was said to have escaped, and he is still at large.
The police said Abdullahi is presently in custody at the Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) of the Kano State police command while detectives are on the trail of the fleeing suspect.