Police said they have arrested a five-man gang of fake journalists that
usually gate-crashed into important events with the mission to steal
expensive phones and money.
One of the gang members, Musa Auwalu, 43, has built a mansion from
the proceeds of the crime, the police said in a statement issued by CSP
The Police described him as the gang leader, adding that he was able
to build the mansion from some foreign currencies stolen from an
unidentified VIP at a wedding in Abuja last year.
The other gang members are Kolawole Akinbode, 50, from Ogun state,
Umar Tahir Abba, 53, from Adamawa state. The others are 55-year-old
Abdullahi Muhammed from Bauchi state and 60-year-old Muhammad sale from
The Police said they recovered from the men, 13 expensive phones, fake Journalist ID Cards from equally fake media houses.
They’re arrested after complaints of stolen phones from important
personalities who attended Gov. Amosun daughter’s wedding in Abeokuta,
Ogun State on the 8th July, 2017.
The suspects confessed to the crime. They also revealed that they
specialise in impersonating journalists in order to gain access into
venues of VIPs events/occasions. Investigation is being intensified to
arrest other suspects at large.