|The suspect, Victor Afamefuna Banor
A dismissed Police Sergeant has been arrested by the operatives of
the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Adeniji Adele, Lagos Island, for
allegedly posing as a police officer to defraud the Nigeria Police of
about N40 million in eight years.
Police authorities alleged that the suspect, Victor Afamefuna Banor,
from southern Nigeria, after his dismissal from the Nigeria Police,
forged personnel emolument records, including his last pay certificates
and submitted them with fake names, ranks and Force Numbers to the
Nigeria Police pay offices in Lagos, Edo, Cross River, Kaduna, Kogi,
Ogun and Akwa Ibom state Police Commands and allegedly collected the sum
of N40 million from the purse of the Nigeria Police under false
The police further alleged that the suspect perpetrated the fraud by transferring himself to all the
Police Commands with fake documents and promoted himself to the ranks
of ASP, DSP and SP anytime he received information about promotions in
the Nigeria police.
The Deputy Commisioner of Police in charge of FSARS Lagos, DCP Chris
Ezike, according to PMNews, received an intelligence report about the
activities of the suspect and directed a police team led by DSP Solomon
Igwe to fish out the suspect anywhere he may be found.
Banor was arrested in Onitsha, Anambra State, and brought to Lagos for interrogaton.
After investigation, the suspect was arraigned before a Federal High
Court in Lagos on a 30-count charge of obtaining about N40 million from
the Nigeria Police under false pretence.
The police prosecutor, Supol Charles Odii, told the court that Banor
committed the alleged offence between 2006 and 2014 in seven Police
Commands in Nigeria.
Odii also told the court that the defendant who is a dismissed
police officer forged the Nigeria Police documents and used them to
collect about N40m from the Nigeria Police pay offices with fake names,
Force Numbers and ranks in Lagos, Edo, Cross River, Kaduna, Ogun, Kogi
and Akwa Ibom States.
He said the ofences the defendant committed are punishable under the
Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011, Advanced Fee Fraud and Fraud
Related Offences Act, 2006 and the Miscellanous Offences Act, Laws of
the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The presiding Judge, Justice J. Abang adjourned the case till 4 and 5
May, 2015 for trial and ordered that the defendant be remanded in