Emmanuel Eto, a 19-year-old National Diploma (ND) II student of the Delta State Polytechnic, Oghara, who impersonated Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Facebook has said he did it to help his ailing mother.

Eto, a native of Isoko South Local Government in Delta State, was arrested by operatives of the State Intelligence and Investigation Bureau (SIIB) while trying to defraud his fourth victim.

In his confessional statement, the teenager said h was pushed into the crime by financial constraints caused by his mother's illness.

"I did what I did because my father is late and my mother has been sick for a long while," he said.

"She has high blood pressure and has been in and out of hospital. She was recently discharged from the hospital."

He said he had already succeeded in defrauding three people.

"I ask my victims if they are interested in working in Nigerian National Oil Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, or any other blue chip company.

"They get carried away and I usually ask the victim to pay N26,850 into my bank account for application forms and processing fee.

"It was while I was attempting to defraud the fourth person that I was arrested."

Eto said he was "disappointed" in himself.

"I want my mother to know that I loved her so much that I went into fraud to enable me take care of her medical expense."

Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and a two-term former governor of Lagos State, Nigeria.