The Department of State Services (DSS), has arrested a 42-year-old man, Mohammed Prince Momoh, for posing as an aide to the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, to defraud one Benson Aniogo of $50, 000.
Peter Afunanya, spokesperson of the DSS, who disclosed this to journalists, said Momoh attempted to defrauded Aniogu after claiming he represents Gambari and needed the said amount to secure an appointment for him as a special adviser to the President on oil and gas.
The DSS spokesperson stated that the suspect, who is an indigene of Kogi State, had approached Aniogu, who hails from Bayelsa, telling him he is a security aide attached to Gambari.
Afunanya also said Momoh claimed that $25, 000 would be for the Chief of Staff, while the remaining would be for the “boys”, who will help secure the appointment.
He said Momoh had worked briefly some time ago as an aide to someone in the Presidential Villa, and had some knowledge of the workings of the environment.
According to him, Momoh and his team had visited Aniogu in his house in Abuja to collect the money.
The victim, however, suspected a foul play and immediately alerted the authorities who arrested Momoh.
Afunaya advised Nigerians who use social media to be careful of the kind of information they leave in their space, as there are always criminal elements harvesting such information to defraud unsuspecting people.
“They should be wary and ask questions when and where they need to to. For every suspicion of crime please relate to appropriate security agencies and pass information timely to them so they needful can be done,” Afunanya said.
Momoh, who is said to be married with children, has admitted to committing the crime.
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He also confessed that he had worked in the Presidential villa between 2013 and 2014.