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Edo travel agent arrested for allegedly duping woman

The Edo State Police Command has arrested a 40-year-old travel agent, David Ibiso, for allegedly obtaining N11m from one Josephine Egharevba, on the pretence of procuring travel documents to the United States of America for her.

Ibiso was paraded alongside 14 other suspects allegedly arrested for armed robbery, kidnapping, fraud, attempted murder among others.

While parading the suspects, the command’s spokesperson, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, said they were arrested by the police while investigating a case of fraud reported against Ibiso.

He said the suspect allegedly presented himself to the woman as a medical doctor and a registered travel agent and fraudulently obtained from her the sum of N11m to procure travel documents to the USA.

Nwabuzor said the suspect was tracked and arrested in Abuja where he made a statement and confessed to the crime, noting that the suspect would be charged to court soon.

The PPRO said, “Operatives of the Edo Police Command have arrested a 40-year-old travel agent, David Ibiso, for allegedly obtaining N11m from one Josephine Egharevba, on the pretence of procuring  travel documents to the USA for her.

“The suspect presented himself to the victim as a medical doctor and a registered travelling agent. He was tracked and arrested in Abuja and will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded,” he added.

Egharevba said the agent made several financial demand for the processing of travelling documents which she obliged, adding that, “I made a financial commitment to the tune of N11m.

“When he (suspect) was no longer responding to my enquiries, I lodged a complaint to the police which led to his arrest,” she added.

In an interview with journalists, the suspect who hails from River State, confessed that he collected the money but said it wasn’t a case of fraud.

“It is a case of passport and visa. I am a third party agent, I collected the money and gave it to a third party to process the document and the job wasn’t done.  We are still trying to resolved the problem.”

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