Monday, 16 December, 2019

Busted : DSS parades suspects impersonating Aisha Buhari, Osinbajo

The Department of State Services in Edo State  on Wednesday paraded  two suspects   arrested for allegedly impersonating  Aisha, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, and  Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on social media.

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DSS Deputy Director (Security Enforcement), Galadima  Byange, who paraded  Amos  Asuelimen (30) and Kelvin Ogashi  (18) before reporters in Benin,    alleged  that  they  defrauded no fewer  than five persons.

According to him, the duo  demanded  money and airtime from their victims to process their registration and subsequent eligibility for a N100,000 loan.

Byange said, Asuelimen, a student of the Department of Business Administration at Ambrose Alli University, was arrested at Ubiaja, Esan South-East Local Government Area of the state  in connection with a fictitious Facebook account  he created in Osinbajo’s name  to defraud his victims.

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Asuelimen  said,  “I know why I was  arrested. I created a Facebook account bearing Yemi Osinbajo to scam people. I created it using my Infinix Android phone.

“My parents are not aware and nobody is aware that I’m doing fraud. I am into fraud because I  thought  I could  get money to pay my fees and complete my degree course.”

Byange said Ogashi, who claimed to be a fashion designer, was arrested at  Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area  of the state for allegedly pretending  to be  Mrs Buhari on Instagram  to swindle  people out of their money.

He  said, “He (Ogashi) confessed to have created the account in May 2019 with a message that the First Lady was empowering Nigerian youths with cash to start their businesses and that interested persons were required to register with money. His accomplices are currently at large.”

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The DSS chief  said  the suspects would  be arraigned soon.

He    warned  youths against fraudulent  activities to avoid being arrested.

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