By Esther Onyegbula
LAGOS—Operatives of the State Intelligence and Investigation Bureau, SIIB, have arrested a 19-year-old undergraduate for impersonating Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The suspect, identified as Emmanuel Eto, was arrested while attempting to defraud a fourth victim in Lagos.
According to reports, about three weeks ago, the Commissioner of Police, Kayode Aderanti, received a complaint from a retired DIG, Alhaji Rahman Akao, that someone was impersonating a renowned senator on social media and defrauding unsuspecting victims.
He immediately directed the officer in charge of SIIB, SP Ameh Akpa Veronica, to investigate the case.
Ameh Akpa Veronica led a team of detectives, who traced the suspect to Delta State, where he was apprehended.
Vanguard gathered that Eto, a National Diploma, ND, 2 student of Delta State Polytechnic, Oghara, created a Facebook account with the politician’s name, which he used to lure his victims with a job offer.
It was learned that he had defrauded three persons before he was arrested, while attempting to defraud the fourth victim.
The suspect said: “I am from Isoko South Local Government in Delta State. I did what I did because my father is late and my mother has been sick for a long while.
“She has high blood pressure and has been in and out of hospital. She was recently discharged from the hospital.
“I ask my victims if they are interested in working in Nigerian National Oil Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, or any other blue chip company. They get carried away and I usually ask the victim to pay N26,850 into my bank account for application forms and processing fee.
“It was while I was attempting to defraud the fourth person that I was arrested.
“I am really disappointed in myself. I want my mother to know that I loved her so much that I went into fraud to enable me take care of her medical expense.”