ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- The Rivers State Police Command has arrested two persons for allegedly impersonating Okon Effiong, the Commissioner of Police, and defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.
It was gathered that the suspects used the photograph of CP Effiong to create a fake Facebook account with his image and get money from people.
This was made known by the spokesperson for the state Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Monday.
Iringe-Koko said the suspects, both from Etche in Rivers State, were tracked to their hideout and arrested.
The statement reads: ”Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, Rivers State Command have tracked and arrested two suspects namely; Amadi Hemenachi, 28 and GoodLuck Nnochiri, 27.
“The two are from Akukabi and Obibi villages respectively in Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State.
“They are involved in a case of conspiracy, impersonation, forgery, obtaining money by pretense, and unlawful possession of multiple ATM cards.
“The suspects are alleged to have hacked into the Google network and uploaded the photograph of the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Okon Effiong, and used same to create a fake Facebook account.
“Investigation revealed that they impersonated the CP and used the fake Facebook account to obtain money from several unsuspecting citizens (mostly job and admission seekers).”
The suspects while confessing to the crime, revealed that they usually hack into different websites, print out names of people, their phone numbers and addresses, and thereafter call to defraud them.
“At the conclusion of investigation, they will be charged in court.
“The Rivers State Commissioner of Police advises members of the public to be mindful of the personal confidential details they display on social media handles; and promptly report cases of hacked social media accounts,” the statement added.