The police in Lagos has arrested one Emmanuel Eto f
allegedly impersonating the National Chairman of th
Progressives Congress, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The 19 year old suspect who is an ND 2 student of D
Polytechnic, Oghara was said to have created a face
account, using the name and the picture of Senator
and defrauded scores of people, especially job seek
learnt that Emmanuel’s stock in trade was to
promise his victims blue chip jobs, especially at t
National Petroleum Company. He gave them a UBA acco
number to pay in a fee of N26,850 for application f
The suspect who had succeeded in defrauding three p
was about to catch his fourth victim who gave his n
Gbenga Idowu Adeyemi when the long arms of the law
up with him.
According to the Commissioner of police, CP Kayode
who paraded the suspect in Lagos, Emmanuel was arre
Delta State following a report from a well meaning
the said activities of the suspect.
Aderanti said that when he got the report three we
eks ago, the
officer in charge of the State Criminal Investigati
SCIB), SP Ameh Akpa Veronica, was immediately order
investigate the matter.
Gbenga tells how he almost fell victim to the plot.
Rtd DIG Alhaji Rahmam Akao called me that somebody
an account with the name of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinu
then asked me to send a friend-request to that pers
on, which I
did and he accepted.
“We became friends and communicated regularly. He s
ent me a
message on face book asking me if I was a graduate
undergraduate. I told him I was a graduate of accou
asked me if I would love to work with NNPC, I told
him yes sir.
He said he was going to introduce me to one Emmanue
he claimed, was running the NNPC recruitment on his
He then sent me Emmanuel’s phone number and asked m
call in respect of the NNPC recruitment.
“When I called Emmanuel, he asked me to send him my
address so that he can send me the recruitment form
, which I
did. Emmanuel also sent me an account number to pay
sum of N26,850 for the form and processing fee; he
severally to know why there was a delay in the paym
pressured me to make payment as there were few slot
He said the only reason why he is assisting me was
was coming through Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu. In or
play along with him, I told him that my card got st
ocked in the
ATM machine while I was trying to withdraw the mone
“Unknown to him, my uncle, the former DIG, had call
ed the real
Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu to inform him of the deve
The shocked Tinubu immediately ordered us to take t
he case to
the CP who called for immediate investigation by de
In his defence, Emmanuel claimed it was not intenti
onal as the
health condition of his mother led him into the cri
minal way of
“I am from Isoko South Local Government Area of Del
ta State. I
opened the account in February 2015 with his name w
intent of luring people for recruitment. I did that
father is late and my mother has been sick for a lo
ng while. She
has high blood pressure and she has been in and out
hospital. Three people have paid money into the UBA
The victims on their own sent me friend request on
which I accept.
“Once we start chatting, I will ask them if they ar
e interested in
working in NNPC or any other blue chip company. Imm
they get carried away at the mention of such offer.
introduced into fraud by one Kelvin, a HND 2 studen
t. I found
the profile of Tinubu on Kelvin’s phone when I used
browse, so I decided to become a fraudstar.
“Now that I have been arrested, I feel so bad and I
action. I am really disappointed in myself. I want
my mother to
know that I loved her so much that I went into frau
d to enable
me take care of her medical expenses.”
The police traced Eto through his phone and arreste
d him in
his school at Oghara in Delta State.