Sunday Iloka, a Nigerian man, has landed in police net after he allegedly deceived a Chinese national by selling papers as face masks worth N20 million amid the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak ravaging the world.
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Illoka was arrested by the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force in Lagos State after Zhan Han, the Chinese national, lamented about the situation to the police, the Eagle Online reports.
It was gathered that Han was worried about the Coronavirus pandemic and met with the suspect, who agreed to make hundreds of masks for the Chinese individual to send to his fellow citizens in his native China.
However, Illoka was said to have sold to Han cartons filled with papers as face masks for N20 million.
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The suspect was arrested after the victim wrote a petition to Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police, the report quoted a police source.
“Han, on March 4, reported through a written petition that sometimes in February, Sunday Iloka and others at large obtained the sum of N20 million from him under the guise of supplying him face masks, which he intended to ship to China because of the outbreak of the coronavirus.
“Han further stated that the suspect packaged ordinary papers and delivered to him,” the source said.
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The IGP, it was learnt, directed Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police and Commander of the IRT team, to investigate the claim and arrest the suspect.
Kyari, in turn, worked with Philip Rieninwa, a Chief Superintendent of Police and Lagos IRT Head, during the investigation, which led to the arrest of Illoka.
Following Illoka’s arrest, the IRT Unit has launched a manhunt for the fleeing members of the syndicate with whom the suspect collaborated with.