Some Nigerians have lamented the reluctance of security agents to investigate and apprehend a suspected fraudster, who fleeced them of their hard-earned money while pretending to be selling ponmo (cow hide).
PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspect operated under different names on Facebook, including Pastor Isaac Nwaizugbu and Pastor Confidence Ikegwuoha, claiming to be the resident pastor of a Pentecostal church in Kaduna.
Both accounts, our correspondent observed, were stolen, with the pictures of a cleric and his wife displayed on them.
He was also said to own different Facebook pages, including Dried Ponmo Nigeria, Dried Ponmo Store, Dried Ponmo Dealer and Dried Ponmo Business.
Our correspondent gathered that the modus operandi of the suspect was to lure unsuspecting social media users with colourful photos of ponmo and ask those interested in buying to call several telephone numbers listed on the pages.
After calling, the victims will be asked to deposit money into some bank accounts and the suspect will promise to deliver the product to their addresses.
However, after payment, the suspect will come up with excuses for not delivering the product and later stop taking their calls.
The bank accounts he used included, FCMB, 663116012, Tangban Pearl Assemeghai; Union Bank, Tangban Pearl Assemeghai; and Fidelity Bank, 6323250826, Ihechiluru Orieji Kalu.
Our correspondent got the contact of at least six of his victims, who lost sums ranging from N10,000 to N52,000.
A trader, Oyebola Ojeleye, said pressure from her customers for ponmo and the lockdown forced her to go online to seek suppliers.