The Department of State Service (DSS), Edo state command, have arrested two suspected internet fraudsters for using the names of Vice resident Yemi Osinbajo and wife of the President, Aisha Buhari to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
The Deputy Director (Security Enforcement) of DSS, Galadima Byange, who paraded the suspects before news in Edo state today August 7th, gave the names of the suspects as Amos Ehis, Asuelimen, a 30-year-old Business Administration student of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, and 18-year-old Kelvin Godwin Ogashi.
Byange said Asuelimen created a fictitious Facebook account in the name of the Vice President to scam unsuspecting victims. When interrogated, Asuelimen admitted defrauding not less than five persons, said he told them “to send money and recharge cards to process their registration and subsequent eligibility for a loan of N100, 000 each.”
“I am not Osinbajo. I am student of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, from the department of Business Administration. I am a final year student. I should have been a graduate by now but I am having an issue, that is project inconclusive. My parents are not aware and nobody is aware that I’m doing fraud. I am into fraud because I am thinking I can get money to pay my fees and complete my degree course in Business Administration,” he said.
On his part, Ogashi, who claimed to be a fashion designer, was arrested for allegedly impersonating Mrs. Buhari on Instagram. According to him, he opened an Instagram account in May, 2019, with a message that the First Lady was empowering Nigerian youths with cash to start up their businesses and that interested persons were required to register with money.
“This is my first time of doing it. I was a fashion designer, but there was no money for me to start up my own shop that is why I engaged in this,” Ogashi said.
The DSS says both men will have their day in court soon.