Operatives of the Zone 2 Police Command in Onikan, Lagos, have arrested a suspected internet fraudster, Joshua Olawuyi, for allegedly obtaining a vehicle under false pretenses and stealing N30 million.

The Zonal Public Relations Officer, SP Umma Ayuba, confirmed the arrest in a statement on Thursday in Lagos. She stated that the command, led by Assistant Inspector-General of Police Olatoye Durosinmi, arrested Olawuyi after receiving a petition from Adesuwa Ogizie, a US-based licensed car dealer.

According to Ayuba, Ogizie reported that in 2016, Olawuyi contacted her to purchase a Mercedes Benz GLE 350 valued at N30 million. Olawuyi claimed his brother, Jude Hanslem, would make the payment on his behalf. However, after the vehicle was delivered to Olawuyi in Nigeria, Ogizie discovered the payment was made with fraudulent funds.

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A team of detectives from the Zonal Anti-Kidnapping Unit, led by SP Abass Gadzama, apprehended Olawuyi. The suspect confessed to the crime, admitting he was involved in internet fraud at the time and had sold the Mercedes Benz GLE 350, converting the proceeds.

Ayuba said the investigation is ongoing, and further findings will be communicated. The suspect will be prosecuted accordingly upon completion of the investigation.