The Kano State Police Command has arrested a 20-year-old man for allegedly impersonating the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II online. The young man who is very active on social media pretended to be the Emir Sanusi of Kano on Instagram with 262,000 followers uses the verified Instagram page to deceive members of the public.
The young man was eventually arrested after months after manhunt and his currently helping the police with investigation.
Meanwhile, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, last year disowned social media accounts opened in his name. Sanusi said in a statement in Kano that he never authorized any person or organisation to open to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media account nor post any message on his behalf. The traditional ruler spoke through his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Munir Sanusi.
He explained that this should put to rest series of calls and enquiries to the office of the Emir Sanusi on some purported malicious and fake social media accounts in the name of the monarch.
Emir Sanusi noted that the current development is coming after an earlier advertorial disclaiming a fake Facebook and Twitter accounts created in the name of his Highness.
He lamenting that the fraudsters have remained unrelenting in their nefarious acts.
“We have officially notified the administrators of the fake Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts requesting that the accounts be closed immediately in addition to detecting the identity of the culprits.
“It is important to reiterate that the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, has persistently stood for the unity of the nation regardless of its diversity.
“He always emphasise the need for tolerance and respect for one another.”
Sanusi assured that his principles as a traditional ruler and religious leader would be meticulously safeguarded and warned the fraudsters to desist forthwith or face the consequences of their action.