Two arrested for using Kano first lady’s name to extort public

Police Arrest

The Kano State Police Command has arrested two suspected fraudsters for allegedly using the state governor’s wife falsely to extort money from the public.

Spokesman of the command, SP. Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, confirmed the arrest in a statement issued to newsmen on Friday.

He said Umar Adamu and Hussaini Musa were arrested for sponsoring a public announcement fraudulently credited to the wife of the Governor.

According to the aired audio in radio stations, “I greet you the good people of Kano State. A known world empowerment organization, in collaboration with the wife of the Kano State Governor, will sponsor the training of two thousand people in catering like pizza, shawarma, burger, eggroll, and samosa.”

He said the announcement urged interested persons to pay the sum of N3,000 for the form and identity card.

He said the suspects had extorted over 50 persons.

Kiyawa said the investigation is in progress to arrest the conspirators and their sponsors.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Usaini Gumel, cautioned residents to be wary of fraudsters that use the media for extortion.

He also advised media houses to always scrutinize the authenticity of adverts before airing.

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