Hyacinth Chinweuba/Richard Ginika Izuora
The Police in Anambra have arrested a 43 year old man for impersonating deceased landlord’s son to claim his estates and bank deposits.
Spokesman of the Command Haruna Mohammed, “On the 17/8/2020 at about 5:pm Police operatives attached to B’ Division Awka arrested one Ikechukwu Igwegbe Ilodinru ‘m’ aged 43 years of Onneh village in Orumba South LGA of Anambra State.”
Mohammed, said 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 namely 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.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect equally swore to an oath under false pretense that he is the deceased’s biological son;
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.
He 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 personated the deceased’s first son who lives in Zaria, Kaduna state.
Meanwhile, exhibits recovered in his possession include, alleged forged dead 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.