– A young man identified as Henry Ushie has been arrested for impersonating Abba Kyari, an assistant commissioner of police
– The suspect confessed that for three years, he has been posing as DIGs, AIGs, CPs, ministers on Facebook to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians
– The police recovered phone, sim cards and the ATM card of the account he uses in defrauding innocent citizens from him
A 27-year-old man, Henry Ushie, who has been impersonating Abba Kyari, an assistant commissioner of police, has been arrested.
Kyari, who was recently instrumental to the arrest of the country’s most notorious and wanted kidnapper, Evans in Lagos, said Ushie was arrested in the early hours of Friday in Asaba Delta state.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Kyari said the suspect confessed that he has been impersonating several prominent Nigerians to defraud the unsuspecting public for three years.
The statement read: "You remember last week I alerted you friends about someone who had opened a Facebook Page with my picture and name to defraud innocent Nigerians. After serious follow up, we arrested the notorious fraudster 3am today in Asaba Delta state.
"The suspect/culprit is Henry Ushie. A 27 year old native of Bekwara LGA Cross River state. He confessed that for the past 3yrs he has been posing on Facebook as DIGs, AIGs, CPs, ministers, SGF, MD of companies and lastly my humble self.
"He claims he will get jobs, postings and UN peace keeping work for his victim's who felt they were communicating with the prominent citizens whose pictures are usually displayed.
"Suspect also confessed he was arrested in 2015 for the same crime and was subsequently charged to court where he was granted bail and he continued committing same crime without remorse.
"The phone and sim cards plus the ATM card of the account he uses in defrauding innocent citizens were recovered from him.
"He said when he saw my Post about him on Facebook and people’s comments on the post, he quickly googled to read about my profile/records and since then he’s been having sleepless night."
The IGP made this known when he briefed State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said that already a task force had been inaugurated to scrutinise and streamline the suspects with a view to ensuring their speedy trial.