By Mary BASSEY, Senior Investigator Reporter, Lagos
THE Police in Lagos have arrested a middle-aged man identified as Asabor Joel for impersonating Senator Andy Ubah on face book to swindle job seekers of their money. Sources said the suspect had smartly 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. CrimeWorld scooped that the arrest which was effected on Monday, June 18, 2018 at Oghara, Delta State by crack detectives attached to ‘Area D’ Command Headquarters Mushin followed a strong worded petition by one Charles Asugha on behalf of one Chinelo Nnedimma. It was further learnt that after ‘Senator Andy Ubah’ successfully milked the complainant of the sum of N300,000.00, she was directed to contact another law maker 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, 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 2017one unknown person presented himself via a facebook account as Andy Ubah, s 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 to secure job to the petitioner. The petitioner had paid the sum of N300,000.00 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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