Policemen attached to Lagos State Police Command have arrested a young man, identified as Agubosin Ifeanyi Friday, for allegedly impersonating the former Lagos State Commissioner of police, Mr. Kayode Aderanti.
It was gathered that the suspect allegedly set up a false Facebook account in Aderanti’s name, where he allegedly defrauded unsuspecting policemen and members of the public.
Vanguard learned that the suspect allegedly posted a bank account on the Facebook account, urging policemen who wanted to get juicy posting to pay N30,000 and N50,000, while those seeking promotion were to pay much higher fees based on negotiation.
The Facebook page, according to a victim, also urged members of the public to part with money for petition signing and investigation of their cases.
It was learned that policemen fell for the fraud and paid the agreed money. However, the fraudulent deal was exposed when a policeman, who claimed he paid N30,000, went to report to the former police boss that he was yet to be posted.
Police investigation led to the arrest of the suspect through his bank details.
A policeman, who fell for the scam, said: “I thought it was an authentic Facebook page when I saw the CP Aderanti’s pictures on it. I did not know it was a scam.”
The suspect, a secon-dary school leaver, has been transferred to Force Headquarters, Abuja, for further investigation.
According to the suspects, “I am a secondary school leaver. I wrote the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, examination and I have written post-UME to gain admission into the university.
“I do not know anything about the Facebook account. It was my brother, a university under-graduate, that implicated me because the account he used is mine.
“It was after I was arrested that I got to know the crime he committed. He has been on the run since my arrest.”