Two online criminals were detained by the Rivers State Police Command for allegedly impersonating the commissioner of police, CP Okon Effiong, and scamming the people.
The command’s spokesperson, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, revealed this in a statement on Monday, February 20. She said the suspects created a false Facebook account using the CP’s image and defrauded people, primarily those looking for employment and admission.
“3 Hemenachi, 28, and GoodLuck Nnochiri, 27, were apprehended by Rivers State Command agents of the Nigeria Police Force, according to a statement.
“The two come from the communities of Akukabi and Obibi, respectively, in Rivers State’s Etche Local Government Area.
“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.”