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Two arrested for impersonating Rivers CP and defrauding victims


Two arrested for impersonating Rivers CP and defrauding victims

The Rivers State Police Command has arrested two cyber criminals for allegedly impersonating the Commissioner of Police, CP Okon Effiong, and defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.



Spokesperson for the command, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, who made this known in a statement on Monday, February 20, said the suspects used a photo of the CP to create a fake Facebook account with his image and defrauded people, mostly job and admission seekers. 



“Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, Rivers State Command have tracked and arrested two suspects namely; Amadi Hemenachi, 28 and GoodLuck Nnochiri, 27,” the statement read. 



“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).”


“She said while confessing to the crime the suspects had 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.” 



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