By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has paraded 2 brothers, who are members of a cyber crime syndicate impersonating
the FCT Commandant, Olusola Odumosu.

The corps had alerted the public on the existence of a fake Facebook account opened by an individual in the name of the commandant.

The brothers, who were paraded at the command’s headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday are Henry Ushie Odep, male, 34 years, a graduate of Statistics from Anambra State University and Emanuel Ushie Odep, male, 23 years, both from Cross Rivers State.
While parading the suspects , Commandant Olusola Odumosu, explained that: “The duo operated a  fake Facebook account in his name and  fraudulently operated OPAy and  Moniepoint accounts which they used in defrauding  their victims under the pretext  of getting them job , promotions as well as secure overseas training.
Olusola revealed that some time in September, 2023, his office alerted the public of the existence of a fake Facebook account opened by criminals in his name  name.

He said upon the discovery , he gave  directive to the intelligence and investigation team and the Anti-Fraud unit to unravel the person(s) behind the fake Facebook account . He announced that 7 months after, followed by a well coordinated covert operation by his men, and the assistance of his counterparts in Delta and Anambra State Commands,  their manhunt paid off  as they now have the masterminds of the fraudulent Facebook account in the custody.

According to him, “One of the suspects, Emmanuel Ushie was the first to be apprehended after being lured to Abuja. He  made a very useful confessional statement which led to the arrest of Henry Ushie Odep, his elder brother, who incidentally , had the phone used to operate the fake Facebook account on him at the point of arrest in Asaba, Delta State.

“Emmanuel confessed that his brother, Henry Ushie Odep  is a yahoo boy and was the one that created the fake Facebook account bearing Olusola Odumosu immediately he was appointed as the FCT Commandant in August, 2023.

According to Odumosu, the Emmanuel also  admitted to being the one withdrawing monies sent to the Opay account by his brother (Henry) through POS machines until he was arrested by the officers of the FCT Command in Abuja.

On his part, Henry Ushie Odep ,confessed  that he started online fraud in 2016 and admitted to luring his younger brother, (Emmanuel Ushie) into the fraudulent act because he was disturbing him for funds. He confessed to duping a lot of unsuspecting Nigerians of different sums of money under different guises in cyberspace.

He also disclosed that he is the same person behind the defrauding of so many people through a fake Facebook account opened in the name of late assistant Commandant of the Corps ( ACH) Helen Amakiri, eight years ago (2016) who was an assistant Commandant -general then.

Odumosu further revealed that further investigation  showed that the suspects operated Opay, Moniepoint and Palmpay accounts to receive money from their victims , but had no bank account with traditional commercial banks. They also used two accounts belonging to one Victory Chinagorom, who according to them , never knew they were into cyber fraud.

According to Henry, his friend, Chibuike Okorie introduced him to cyber crime. The said Chibuike is currently in Kuwait as he has relocated from Nigeria.

The following people, Amadi Chisom (F) 31-year- old  and Mrs. Okafor Evelyn (F) 24 years whose names came up in the course of investigation and arrested alongside the principal suspects had been granted bail, pending when they would be required in the course of prosecution.

 This he explained , is because findings revealed they had no knowledge of the crime committed by the duo of Emmanuel Ushie and Henry Ushie. 

Exhibits recovered from the suspects, he said, included Moniepoint POS machine , 
Opay POS machine , one Tecno Spark 10 phone  , Tecno POP 8 as well as an Infinix phone (1)

 According to Odumosu,  all the suspects will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigations , and would be prosecuted according to the extant laws.
The FCT Commandant warn all cyber criminals  to find legitimate trade to do as starting that his eagle eyed officers and men of NSCDC are everywhere. “You can only run, you can’t hide”

“This arrest should serve as a deterrent to others in this illicit business that crime doesn’t pay. The NSCDC FCT Command, in collaboration with other security agencies will continue to launch its dragnet into fighting any form of criminality that’ll contravene peace, security and any other government’s interest for the people.

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