Detectives in Kilifi are holding two Nigerians suspected of impersonating some of Kenya’s top leaders in bid to swindle Kenyans.
Police claim many Kenyans have fallen prey to the suspected fraudsters, Timothy Ogba Ebakole and Alex Olusegun Adebayo.
The suspects allegedly impersonated the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Kilifi Senator Steward Madzayo and his Bomet counterpart Christopher Langat on Facebook.
Kilifi Directorate of Criminal Investigations Officer, Christopher Chesoli, said his team tracked the two suspects to Kayole in Nairobi.
“We believe that they have received millions of shillings from the public. We took them to court on Friday but asked for another seven days to have them so that we can continue with the investigations,” Chesoli said.
He added that their probe revealed that they had also impersonated Bomet senator and the First Lady on Facebook.
Social media, especially Facebook has been a haven for impersonal and identity theft and fraud with fraudsters crediting usernames of popular figures or creating a similar username to lure the pubic into believing they were genuine. Some weeks ago, the Governor’s wife of Lagos State also raised alarm over the use of her name in Social media to lure unsuspected victims.
Now trending also in Nigeria is a pretty female Customs officer whose pictures have been hijacked for identity fraud in Social media as well.