A 43-year old man, Ikechukwu Igwegbe Ilodinru has been arrested by the operatives of the Anambra State Police command for impersonation.
Ilodinru, who hails from Onneh in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State was arrested on Monday by the operatives of B Divison, Awka at about 5pm over the said crime.
Confirming the arrest in a statement in Awka, the Anambra State capital, the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, SP Haruna Mohammed disclosed that the suspect approached the probate Registry of the State High Court, Awka and started processing for a letter of Administration in respect of a deceased person simply identified as late Okafor Osuokwu Anthony and presented himself as the deceased’s first and only son in order to obtain the document which would have given him access to the deceased property, estates and bank deposits.
According to Mohammed, preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect equally swore to an oath under false pretense that he is the deceased’s biological son.
He added that the suspect also obtained a forged death certificate allegedly from the National Population Commission stating that the deceased, whose actual death took place on 27th of July 2020, occurred on the 23rd of July 2020 and quickly rushed to Union bank to withdraw the deceased’s deposit, but was advised to get a letter of administration.
“The suspect who voluntarily confessed to the crime was a tenant in the deceased’s house at Igboukwu and impersonated the deceased’s first son who lives in Zaria, Kaduna state.
Meanwhile, exhibits recovered in his possession includes alleged forged death certificate of the deceased, false sworn declaration as the deceased next of kin and sworn affidavit in the High Court, Awka.
“Investigation is ongoing after which the suspect would be charged to Court for prosecution”, he stated.
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