Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Ilorin Zonal Office has arrested a 31- year old Islamic scholar/herbalist, Jamiu Isiaka, for impersonating the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, and the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina, among other prominent citizens.
The suspect, with others who are still at large, allegedly used the names of the senior government officials to scam a South Korean national, Keun Sig Kim, under a pretence of getting him a license at the NNOC to enable him to purchase a company.
The petitioner said that he had paid over N30m into the suspect’s account as a fee to get the license from the NNPC.
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“I transferred $4,285 dollars, seventy-one cents only, to the United Bank of Africa account number 2107575870 in the name of one Jamiu Isiaka, an associate of Mr Shola Adeshina. It is noteworthy that this account particulars have been provided severally for me to make a transfer to”, the petitioner said.
However, Isiaka, during interrogation with the officials of the commission, claimed that he used the money as a sacrifice for the petitioner.
He claimed to have bought vulture, skin of elephant, intestine of elephant, skull of lion, liver of gorrila, among others.
The EFCC said that the suspect will soon be arraigned in court while efforts are ongoing to get those who are still at large.