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2 arrested for impersonating using fake VP Ssekandi Facebook to con millions. File Photo

Police arrest two men for impersonation, they created fake Facebook accounts in the names of VP Ssekandi and defrauded millions

Police have arrested two men for impersonation following allegations that they created a fake Facebook account in the names of the Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi and defrauded millions.

Two men identified as Iddi Bategeka and Mark Mutebi were arrested from Mpasan in Kukumiro District by detectives from CID on allegations that he fleeced the public of millions of shillings.

According to the CID spokesperson, Charles Twine the two men were arrested after thorough investigations conducted by different directives.

Of recent, many cases have been reported of fraudsters who use different social media accounts including Facebook to steal money from others.

The fraudsters use accounts in names of celebrities and rich men and ministers and other prominent government officials to manipulate others.

However, Twine stated that the men would use the account to solicit for money from unsuspecting members of the public after promising to recruit them in the UPDF and other government ministries, departments and agencies.

Also, Twine insisted that the suspects who are currently being interrogated at CID headquarters in Kibuli will be charged with impersonation contrary to section 381 of the Penal Code Act, electronic fraud contrary to section 19 of the Computer Misuse Act and obtaining money by false pretence contrary to section 305 of the Penal Code Act.

“Our detectives have been able to retrieve electronic gadgets from the suspects that are of evidential value including their phone sets and sim cards.

“The duo has been arrested after a vigorous investigation conducted by our detectives, following a spurious post on a pseudo-Facebook account that was created in the names of Vice president of the Republic of Uganda, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi,” Twine implied.

fake VP Ssekandi Facebook
2 arrested for impersonating using fake VP Ssekandi Facebook to con millions. File Photo

The vice president Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has said that the national budget is premised on industrialisation and skilling Ugandans especially the youth to create jobs in the production and service sectors.

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Twine further called on all those individuals thinking of engaging in any form of criminal acts like faking others to get the money that they are ready to deal with them including taking them to courts of law.

He, however, thanked particular members of the public and the media for being very vigilant in ensuring that they have internal security.

“We thank the members of public and the media for being a great infrastructure upon which we drive our successful investigations,” Twine added.

By John Dalton Kigozi