The State Security Service (SSS) has arrested an ex- student of Ogwashi- Uku Polytechnic, Delta state, Mr. Philip Onus Urieh, for allegedly cloning the facebook address of Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, which he used to defraud unsuspecting members of the public of the sum of N4 million.
Urieh was arrested by SSS operatives in Delta State after he opened a facebook account with the name and picture of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan through which he tricked gullible politicians to part with large sums of money.
Delta State Director, State Security Service , Mrs. Florence Ikanone, who paraded the 27 year-old suspect, Friday in Asaba said, “Urieh, who claim to be the coordinator of Uduaghan Vision Students in the state, dubiously opened a facebook with the name and picture of Governor Uduaghan and has been receiving messages and responding to them as the executive governor of the state.”
Ikanone said the suspect, an indigene of Uzere, in Isoko South Local Government area, confessed to the offence and testified how he lured people and collected various sums of money under the pretence that he was Governor Uduaghan and was going to make them commissioners.
She said a victim, one Felix Usih from Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area was instructed by the suspect through facebook to sponsor a beauty pageant, costing N1.2 million, adding that Usih was also made to pay N600,000 for a billboard, praising the governor; another N480,000 was meant for Chief of Staff’s office; N540,000 for repairs of cars, and N500.000 to influence House of Assembly members to ease his screening as a commissioner.
Ikanone stated that another victim, one Alex Roy Omoni, the state chairman of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) was made to pay about N262,000 for erection of billboards; N310,000 to air activities of the Actors Guild on Channels television and N500,000 to settle the Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly.
She said one Jerry Odugala lost N700,000 to the fraudster under the pretence that he would be made a commissioner in the state. She said the suspect would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation was concluded.