Man nabbed for impersonating Andy Ubah on facebook, fleecing job seekers
The Lagos State police command has arrested a middle-aged man identified as Asabor Joel for impersonating Senator Andy Ubah on facebook to swindle job seekers of their money.
Sources said the suspect opened a facebook account with the Senator’s photograph and entered into chats with unsuspecting job seekers asking them to pay certain amount of money to be able to secure employment in one of the oil companies.
It was gathered that the arrest, which was effected on Monday, at Oghara, Delta State by crack detectives attached to ‘Area D’ Command Headquarters, Mushin, followed a petition by one Charles Asugha on behalf of one Chinelo Nnedimma.
It was further learnt that after the fake ‘Senator Andy Ubah’ successfully milked the complainant of the sum of N300,000, she was directed to contact another lawmaker named ‘Nkiruka’ for further discussion with a view to getting more money from her, adding that it was based on a developing twists and turns in the whole deal that raised the suspicion of the victim.
It was not possible to get the reaction of the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Chike Oti, but a source close to his office, which confirmed the arrest, said the suspect has confessed to the crime.
The source said: “The petitioner alleged that sometime in December 2017, one unknown person presented himself via a facebook account as Andy Ubah, a Senator of the federal Republic of Nigeria with the Senator’s picture.
“During one of the chats, he claimed to be a person of influence at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and could help to secure a job for the petitioner. The petitioner had paid the sum of N300,000 via account name Asabor Joel with First Bank account No 3069996606. After the collection, the suspect gave an ‘Andy Ubah’ an instruction to call ‘Honourable Nkiruka’ with number 0811868970; all were found to be another prank to obtain more money from the petitioner.”
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