Operatives of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command have arrested two suspected fraudsters, identified as Emeka Akuma and Moses Asuquo, over fake bank alerts.

A statement by Odiko Macdon,  the command’s Public Relations Officer, on Wednesday, said Akuma was arrested with a Lexus 330 car in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on January 18, after buying the car with a fake bank alert.

The second suspect, Asuquo, was afterward arrested on January 17, while attempting to use a fake bank alert to defraud two people of N200,000.

The statement partly read, “The Akwa Ibom State Police Command on January 18, 2021, relying on credible information that a Lexus 330 salon car was bought with a fake bank alert at FESTAC Town, Lagos State, trailed the said car to Uyo via Abia State.

“In an organized operation, applying the instruments of intelligence-driven policing by the anti-cultism unit of the command, we arrested one Emeka Akuma of Abia State, along IBB Road by Ibom Hall, driving the car with a fake number plate, Lagos AKD 230 GQ, and recovered the said vehicle.

“On January 17, 2021, operatives of the same unit arrested  a PoS operator, Moses Asuquo, aged 26, for deceitfully  using a fake alert to defraud one Markson Wisdom and Edidiong Robert of the sum of N200,000 at a PoS stand at Udoudoma Avenue, Uyo.”

Andrew Amiengheme,  the state Commissioner of Police, while saying the command had been inundated with cases of stolen cars, advised residents to install security devices in their vehicles.