Police in Zone 2, Lagos have arrested a 39-year-old woman, Mrs. Oluwatobi Obogo, for allegedly defrauding people by presenting a Local Purchase Order (LPO) and issuing dud cheques.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 2, Abdulmajid Ali, yesterday paraded Obogo and other suspects at the zonal command headquarters, Onikan, Lagos. Obogo allegedly issued a dud cheque to Mr. Kennenna Nwosu, who bankrolled an LPO presented by the suspect to the tune of N38 million.
On July 16 and 17, the suspect allegedly collected the amount and issued a dud cheque to mature in 12 working days The LPO was for the lifting of 300,000 litres of diesel valued N38 million. She reportedly offered to pay the amount plus interest of about N3 million to Nwosu at the completion of the supply order in two weeks. But Ali said Obogo disappeared into the thin air after the transactions until she was arrested by policemen attached to Area ‘E’ FESTAC Command.
It was learnt that apart from the said transaction, she reportedly used similar tricks on many innocent Nigerians who she gave false LPOs and post-dated dud cheques. Ali urged the public to properly check individuals they are involved in transactions with. According to him, Obogo is not alone in the crime. But Obogo denied having any intention to defraud Nwosu.
She said she had collected LPOs and sourced financiers more than 20 times at Apapa depot. She said: “I am not a fraudster; I gave him a building as collateral for his money. Someone introduced him to me before the transaction took place.”