3 NIGERIANS NABBED FOR DUPING COPS

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3 NIGERIANS NABBED FOR DUPING COPS …

The suspects in police custody

Three Nigerians and a Ghanaian have been arrested by the Cyber Crime Unit of the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for allegedly using the name of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to defraud some police officers who wanted to serve under the United Nations and African Union Missions.

The suspects, according to police reports, had opened a face book account using the name of John Kudalor, through which their victims were contacted and a bank account into which monies were paid.

The suspects are Timothy Egwu, 23-year-old private security;  Matthew Ushie aka Lampard, 24, actor; Samuel Iwochukwu aka Kaselas, 23, footballer and Haruna Danladi, 23, the Ghanaian, working with a security company at East Legon in Accra.

According to reports, two police officers had fallen victim to their fraudulent activity, having paid GH¢300.00 into the said account.

Briefing the media, Chief Superintendent Dr Herbert Gustav Yankson, director in-charge of the Cyber Crime Unit, said on July 14, 2016, the  unit detected a Facebook account created in the name of the Inspector General of Police  John Kudalor.

He said the holder of the said account was asking police officers to pay various sums of money into a bank account number 0241623119341 for him to facilitate their appointment to the United Nations and African Union Missions.

On July 15, 2016, Haruna Danlad was arrested upon a tip-off.

He led the police to arrest Timothy Egwu, Matthew Ushie and Samuel Iwochukwu as his accomplices at their various hideouts.

According to Chief Supt. Dr Yankson, further investigations revealed that Samuel Iwochukwu and Mathew Ushie conspired and created the Facebook account in the name of the IGP.

The two further used the IGP’s picture in uniform as the profile picture and contacted Timothy Egwu and Haruna Danlad to provide the bank account number for monies to be paid into it.

The said account attracted a total of about 497 friends, mostly police officers.

The suspects are in custody and assisting the police with investigation.

Chief Supt. Dr Yankson cautioned the public to be cautious when dealing with such persons since UN peace keeping appointments are not done on social media.

By Linda Tenyah-Ayettey

(lindatenyah@gmail.com)

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