The Police said they have arrested a five-man gang of fake journalists that usually gate-crashed into important events with the mission to steal expensive phones and money.
One of the gang members, Musa Auwalu, 43, has built a mansion from the proceeds of the crime, the police said in a statement issued by CSP Jimoh Moshood.
The Police described him as the gang leader, adding that he was able to build the mansion from some foreign currencies stolen from an unidentified VIP at a wedding in Abuja last year.
The other gang members are Kolawole Akinbode, 50, from Ogun state, Umar Tahir Abba, 53, from Adamawa state. The others are 55-year-old Abdullahi Muhammed from Bauchi state and 60-year-old Muhammad sale from Kano state.
The Police said they recovered from the men, 13 expensive phones, fake Journalist ID Cards from equally fake media houses.
They’re arrested after complaints of stolen phones from important personalities who attended Gov. Amosun daughter’s wedding in Abeokuta, Ogun State on the 8th July, 2017.
The suspects confessed to the crime. They also revealed that they specialise in impersonating journalists in order to gain access into venues of VIPs events/occasions. Investigation is being intensified to arrest other suspects at large.