A California woman, Deborah Campbell, disclosed that she has reported President Goodluck Jonathan’s social media aide, Reno Omokri, for identity theft. Ms. Campbell alleged that Mr. Omokri used her son’s name to engage in forgery.
In telephone calls as well as emails to SaharaReporters, Ms. Campbell said she was determined to clear her son’s name and get Mr. Omokri punished. She said she was appalled that Mr. Omokri used her son’s name, Wendell Simlin, to create a Facebook page. Ms. Campbell added that the president’s aide proceeded to use her son’s identity to create a fake document that sought to link Nigeria’s former Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, to terrorism.
Mr. Omokri, who claims to be a pastor, is President Jonathan’s main point man on the social media circuit.
The son of a deceased Nigerian appeal court justice, Mr. Omokri notorious for creating fake social media accounts to burnish President Jonathan’s image and demonize opposition politicians.
An investigation by SaharaReporters revealed that the real Wendell Simlin lives in Hercules, California.
Ms. Campbell claimed that she is married to Omokri’s brother-in-law, adding that the presidential aide had exploited the relationship for criminal purposes.