A notorious and serial fake bank alert fraudster Olaogun Babatunde has been for allegedly using fake bank alert to defraud a Nigerian of N5million and another N4.6 million for the purchase of laptop computers.
The 37yr old suspect from Ogbomosho, Oyo State who graduated from University of Lagos in 2008 was arrested by Operatives of the Intelligence Response Team IRT of the Force Intelligence Bureau FIB of the Nigeria Police Force.
Olaogun Babatunde is popularly called “Evil Genius” because of his expertise in generating fake bank credit alert to defraud traders and other unsuspecting members of the public.
The suspect Olaogun was once arrested by the IRT Commander DCP Tunji Disu led Rapid Response Squad of of the Lagos State Police Command in 2018 when he was alleged to have generated and used fake bank alert to buy laptop computers worth N4.6 million for a dealer, one Kevin Otenuga.
The suspect has been arrested again, now in Kogi state after defrauding one Chidinma Vivian Okwenna whom he met through social network platform and exchanged contacts with.
But on 9th December 2021 he approached Chindima Vivian again at Wuse Zone 2 First Bank for N5 million new notes that his boss is in need of it.
Immediately Chindima Vivian rallied round to raise the sum of N3.5 million and handed it over to him, he subsequently generated fake bank credit alert of its equivalent through Zenith Bank acçounts which he sent to her, he immediately took an excuse and rushed out of the bank claiming to be having a meeting with someone
And immediately he stepped out of the bank he blocked the complainant from reaching him both on social platforms and mobile networks.
Meanwhile, after obtaining his account statement, it was discovered that he was just having just N24, 000 in that Zenith Bank account on that day of transaction
Thereafter, all efforts by the fraud victim and complainant to reach him proved abortive until she reported to FIB-IRT CENTRAL BASE and the suspect was tracked and arrested in Lokoja, Kogi State.
Upon interrogation, he confessed to have used the fake alert to purchase goods worth billions of naira adding that he had defrauded many traders in Lagos and other cities.
The suspect is said to have been on the wanted list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and had undertaken interrogation waiting to be handed over to the Police team by the anti-graft agency for other crimes he reportedly committed.
our correspondent gathered that the suspect is still in the detention facility of the anti-graft agency as he is expected to be sent back to the Police unit for further interrogation and prosecution by the EFCC.
The Inspector- General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba has therefore warned the public particularly traders to be wary of the activities of fraudsters who use fake bank alert to defraud citizens.