The police in Lagos have arrested a man who allegedly defrauded some men of various amounts of money by dressing like a woman before them.
The Lagos State Police Command’s spokesman, Joseph Offor, disclosed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.
Mr. Offor, a deputy superintendent of police, said the suspect was arrested on Saturday at about 4.30 p.m. while attempting to defraud another man.
He said the suspect, who went about bearing a woman’s name, Kadijat, was dressed in Muslim hijab when he met one Hassimu of No. 25, Iyana Street, Ajegunle and agreed to a relationship.
He said Mr. Hassimu had wanted to take Kadijat (suspect) home, but refused with various excuses.
”While they were dragging themselves at the CMS Bus Stop, policemen from Lion Building, who were on patrol, saw them and intervened,” Offor said. ”They were taken to the police station for causing breach of public peace. At the station, Hassimu alleged that the suspect had collected about N15,000 from him with a promise to marry him. Hassimu was shocked to hear the confession of the suspect that he is a man disguised in women’s outfit to defraud men. The suspect confessed that he had been into the business for about two years and that he had defrauded many men in Lagos of unspecified amount of money. The suspect claimed that his real name is Hussieni Biyaya from Teke town in Kano State.”
The police spokesperson said the home of the suspect at Bode Thomas Street, Onipanu, was searched, noting that nothing incriminating was found.
Mr. Offor said he would be charge to court for allegedly impersonating women with a view to defrauding men.