By KINGSLEY OMONOBI
ABUJA — In what is considered a breakthrough in its fight against international crimes, the Interpol Unit of the Nigeria Police Force, headed by DCP Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, has in conjunction with its counterpart in Abu-Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, arrested one Itumo Anthony Chidebere, a suspected fraudster, who fled to Dubai after defrauding a Nigerian businesswoman of $2 million.
The 35-year-old suspect from Ebonyi State had been on the run for the past 13 months after perfecting the deal.
Vanguard gathered that in June, 2012, the suspect presented himself to the said businesswoman as an estate broker in Dubai, claiming that he could purchase a house for his victim.
He was said to have presented several documents and samples of influential Nigerians he claimed to have assisted to buy houses.
Relying on this assurance, the unsuspecting victim made a payment of $2,082,139 to the suspect, after which the suspect disappeared without purchasing the said house.
He chose rather to run from one country to another in a bid to evade arrest.
Meanwhile, Interpol at force headquarters is working with its United Arab Emirates counterpart and the Federal Ministry of Justice to facilitate the extradition of the suspect to Nigeria.
Commending the personnel of the Interpol unit for the successes recorded in international anti-crime operations, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, reaffirmed the determination of the Force to bring to justice criminals connected with international crimes.
He promised to strengthen the bond between the Nigeria Police Force and its counterparts in other countries in resolving all trans-border crimes.
Abubakar further advised Nigerians in Diaspora to steer clear of fraud, drug trafficking and other related crimes, noting that engaging in such criminal activities could bring the image of Nigeria to disrepute.