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Police arrest 6 for using gay dating app to rob

From Esther Akaa, Lafia 

The Police Command in Nasarawa State has arrested six suspected criminals for defrauding unsuspecting members of the public through a popular gay dating application.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the State, DSP Ramhan Nansel, disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday in Lafia.

Nansel explained that the Police Operatives attached to Masaka Division in Karu Local Government Area of the state, while acting on credible information, raided the hideout of the suspects and arrested them.

He said: “Preliminary investigation revealed that, the suspects criminally conspired among themselves and utilised a popular Gay dating App where they arrange dates with unsuspecting members of the public from different parts of the country, lure them to their hideout, hold them hostage and dispossess them of their belongings while threatening them with dangerous weapons.

“Furthermore, the victims are assaulted and forced to reveal their ATM Pin; their bank accounts is then wiped out before they are let go.

“Consequently, the sum of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N150,000) which they collected from one of their victim who came in from Imo State on 30/7/2022 was recovered from the suspects as exhibit.

“The suspects confessed to have so far, lured eight (8) victims via same mode of operation and have made One Million, Three Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira (proceed of crime) from their victims at different times.”

The PPRO stated further that the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Adesina Soyemi has ordered for transfer of the case to State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia for in-depth investigation which upon conclusion, the suspects will be charged to court for prosecution.

He said that CP Soyemi has also urged members the public to be mindful of the kind of friends they make on social media and be wary of their safety before pleasure.

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