Wrong Ambition 'Tinubu' docked for duping job seekers on Facebook

A 19-year-old Internet fraudster who impersonated former Lagos State governor Bola Tinubu to dupe job seekers has been arrested.

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At last, one of those who impersonate former Lagos State governor and National Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on social media to defraud Nigerian job seekers, has been nabbed by the police in the state.

The Internet fraudster is no other than a 19-year-old Mechanical Engineering student of a polytechnic in Delta State, Emmanuel Eto, who has been operating a fake Facebook account of Tinubu where he swindled job seekers with fake promises of jobs with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Federal Government, Nigerian Ports Authority and other federal parastatals, where he informed interested applicants to pay the sum of N26,850, which was employment and processing charges..

Eto's cup became full when one of those he defrauded, Idowu Adeyemei, made a complain to the Lagos State Police Command and the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB), swung into action and traced him to his hideout on May 9, when he was arrested by the operatives.

The police said the items recovered from the suspect were six SIM cards, 13 empty SIM card packs, six photographs of a white man, and one I-pad.

The Oleh, Isoko South local government area of Delta State born Eto, told the police that it was another student in the polytechnic who trained him.

"I am studying Mechanical Engineering at the polytechnic. I am in my second year. This whole thing started in January 2015. It was a colleague, Kelvin, who gave me the idea.

I don’t know Tinubu and have not met him. My friend gave me the idea, and it actually worked because three job seekers paid money into my bank account.

"I also have phone numbers from the United Kingdom and the United States of America which I used to communicate with victims. It is just three persons I have duped so far."

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