Kano State Police Command has arrested a suspected social media fraudster identified as Musa Maje on Sunday, June 19.
According to a statement by the state police spokesperson, SP Abdullahi Kiyawa, the manhunt for the suspect was launched following public outcry on his activities.
The statement read:
One Zahra Mansur, 20, also complained that she received phone calls from her close associates that someone used her name, pictures, and videos to create Facebook accounts, defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.
It was gathered that the state Commissioner of Police, Sama’ila Dikko, instructed a team of detectives, led by SP Shehu Dahiru, to arrest the culprit.
The statement added:
Sustained efforts and intelligence-led follow-ups led to the arrest of the suspect, Musa Lurwanu Maje, popularly known on social media as Musa L Maje, 26.
The suspect was arrested in possession of a Redmi Note 11 Pro mobile phone, valued at N200,000, including other accessories bought from the proceeds of fraud. The sum of N70,000 was also recovered in his possession, including nude pictures and videos of victims.
Further noted in the statement;
He claimed to have created a fake Facebook account bearing Zahra Mansur and used her pictures and videos to defraud people without her consent. He also confessed to have deceived many people and got their nude pictures and videos, and threatened to blackmail them if they refused to send money to him.