Whether it is a ploy to mislead the police or genuine accent problem, the Nigerian national arrested for alleged online fraud is giving the crime investigation department (CID) of Madhya Pradesh Police a tough time as during interrogation he speaks in English in such a way as CID personnel fail to comprehend.
A week ago, CID sleuths nabbed Alesi Adam Umar alias Farukh Umar Yusuf from Mumbai in connection with online fraud. Yusuf is in CID custody till December 14 and being interrogated.
According to sources, CID personnel, who are interrogating the Nigerian national, are not able to understand what he tells them. “It’s really difficult to understand what he says. He speaks either in English or in some Nigerian language. Most of us can’t communicate with him properly. At times, we talk to him in sign language,” said a CID official on condition of anonymity.
He further said that the most of the CID personnel, who are part of the interrogation team, are even not able to understand English. The investigation agencies of MP police have been facing such problem of communication for years.
Inspector general of police (IG), GP Ueke acknowledged the problem and said that CID was planning to hire a Nigerian student, who is studying in the city, as a mediator to communicate with the accused.
Two years ago, Yusuf had duped Arvind Shah, a resident of Singrauli district, of `14.50 lakh by giving fake foreign currency (dollars). The CID had later got a Red Corner notice issued.
According to CID sources, two passports and several other documents have been recovered from the possession of the accused. The documents are being verified, police said.
CID officials believe that Yusuf was running a gang and duped over 30 people in India through online frauds.
During the interrogation, he told the interrogation that he used to stay at hotels in Mumbai. CID sources said a team would take Yusuf to Mumbai for verification of the facts which he revealed during the interrogation.