Operatives of Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), have arrested one Abiodun Bolarinwa Oluwasegun, a fake Army General, for an alleged N270 million fraud.
Oluwasegun was said to have presented himself as a a general in the Nigerian Army, and forged the signature of President Muhammadu Buhari in a letter he claimed was his proof of appointment.
Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC’s spokesperson, in a statement on Thursday, said Oluwasegun made the false representation to defraud Kodef Clearing Resources under the pretext of securing a grant.
EFCC, in a statement on Thursday, said the suspect allegedly made false representations to the complainant, Kodef Clearing Resources, that President Buhari had shortlisted him and one other to be appointed as the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and that he needed a short grant “to press and process the appointment.”
The anti-graft agency added;
He also allegedly forged a letter of appointment as COAS purportedly signed by the President and showed the same to the victim to further prove his claim.
In the said letter, he claimed that he needed to pay a certain amount of money into the coffers of the Federal Government of Nigeria, as part of the requirements for the appointment as COAS.
Oluwasegun, in his bid to defraud the victim, also allegedly forged several documents and the signature of the President.
Upon his arrest, six pump action guns, three cartridge bullets, a swagger stick and several forged documents were reportedly recovered from him.
Uwujaren added that the suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.
Meanwhile, according to reports online, the arrested was the youth leader that shot indiscriminately at #EndSARS protesters in the Abule Egba area of Lagos state during the protest in 2020.
Bolarinwa Oluwasegun is the president of Yoruba Youth Forum (YYF), he was caught on camera by a reporter shooting at a crowd of #EndSARS protesters in Abule Egba area of Lagos on October 20, 2020. The reporter was “murdered” afterwards.
He had armed escorts as well! They collude pic.twitter.com/bGiXfWtLTe
— Maazi @FestusGreen (@FestusGreen) January 13, 2022
Bolarinwa, who is the President-General of Yoruba Youth Forum, in videos of the incident that emerged online shot at the crowd after he was prevented from addressing them.
While in his car driving off, Bolarinwa was being pelted with sachets of water but he stopped the vehicle, stepped out with a rifle and shot multiple times.
The incident create panic in the area, causing many to scamper to safety while he drove off.
Unfortunately, shortly after the incident, a TV reporter who captured the incident on video, Pelumi Onifade, was later allegedly shot dead by a policeman close to the area.
The 200-level student of the department of history, Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) Ijagun, Ogun State, was an intern with GboahTV.
The 20-year-old and one of his colleagues were covering a story about a warehouse, where COVID-19 palliatives were stored in Abattoir in Agege area, when one of the policemen, who came to prevent the items from being looted, allegedly shot him dead.
It was learnt that the policemen, some of whom were attached to Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Enforcement Agency (Task Force), invaded the area based on information that hoodlums were about to break into the warehouse to loot the palliatives and thereafter burn down the Abattoir Police Division.
Footage shared online showed Pelumi interviewing a resident before policemen invaded the area.
Amid the violence, policemen deployed to the scene to restore order fired at hoodlums. Pelumi got injured amid the ruckus.
Witnesses said the police dragged him into their vehicle despite seeing his work jacket which identified him as a reporter.