Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) have arrested an undergraduate for allegedly defrauding university admission seekers.
Mayaki Best, a 300- level student of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, allegedly cloned the website of Lagos State College of Health Technology and duped several admission seekers of large sums of money.
The police alleged that the suspect also impersonated the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) by pretending to be an auctioneer online.
Best was apprehended at Auchi last Wednesday after he was tracked to Edo State following a petition by the Provost, Lagos State College of Health Technology, Dr. Moyo Kasim.
According to the police, Dr. Kasim had petitioned the state police commissioner on the alleged fraudulent activity of a certain Dr. Odeh Philip Oteche, who cloned the website of the institution and requested varying sums of money from applicants.
The petition was referred to the Commander RRS, Tunji Disu, an Assistant Commissioner (ACP), with a copy of the cloned application and bank details which showed applicants paid N2,500 per form.
Police said Best was arrested with three Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards, one of which belonged to Otache Philip Odeh, the alleged owner of the fraudulent account.
The two other ATM cards, the police said belonged to Abua Sunday. They said unfilled soft copies of Customs papers were also found in his possession.
“In his confession to the police, Best said he was the brain behind the cloning of the institution’s website and had withdrawn series of deposits made to the accounts by different applicants.
“He added that he veered into admission racketing when online Customs auction of automobile and seized items failed to yield expected returns. Apart from these, the suspect disclosed that he also used local and international dating platforms for scamming.
“Through the cloned website, Best said he had collected deposits ranging from N2,500 to N157,000. He said one Charles and Ganiyu Balogun now at large were accomplices.
“He stated that he opened Access Bank and UBA accounts with Sunday Abua for Nigerian Customs auction vehicles and goods.
“He disclosed that the three facebook accounts of female Custom Officers he had been using and pictures of automobiles in display were sourced from Google,” the police said.
The case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence (SCIID), Panti, Yaba.