By Isaac Olamikan, Senior Correspondent, Benin
Two internet fraudsters, Amos Ehi Asuelimen (30 years) and Kelvin Godwin Ogashi (18 years) have confessed that they created social media accounts with the name of the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and the First Lady, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians for financial gains.
The duo spoke while being paraded by operatives of the Edo State Command of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Benin City on Wednesday afternoon.
In his own confession, Asuelimen said that he went into fraud in his bid to pay his way through school.
“Am into fraud because I was thinking I can get money to pay my fees and complete my degree course in Business Administration,” Asuelimen stated.
He admitted defrauding not less than five persons whom he told to send money and recharge cards in order to process their registration and subsequent eligibility for a loan of a N100,000 each.
Also paraded was 18 year old Kelvin Godwin Ogashi in connection with impersonation of the First Lady, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari.
In his confession Ogashi said that he created an Instagram account using the name of the first lady, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari adding that he told his victims that the first lady was empowering Nigerian youths with cash to start up their businesses and that interested persons were required to register with money.
While parading the suspects, the State Director of Security, Brown Ekwoaba, advised youths who engaged or are contemplating to engage in criminal acts that there is no short cut to wealth.
“They should engage themselves on decent productive venture or risk being ‘guest’ of law enforcement agencies,” Ekwoaba enthused.