The son of a popular late Anglican Bishop who was nabbed in the federal capital, Abuja, has confessed to defrauding prominent Nigerians of their hard earned millions of Naira.
A 25-year-old suspected online fraudster identified as Jehu Kwasu, who is a graduate of Political Science, has narrated how he impersonated the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah and defrauded prominent Nigerians of millions of naira.
According to a report by Punch Metro, the suspect confessed that he collected the sums for Internally Displaced Persons, named his victims as;
1. Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church Worldwide, who he claimed gave him N500,000
2. Chairman, Honeywell Group, Oba Otudeko who gave him N1m
3. Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu who gave him N500,000
4. Billionaire businessman, Alhaji Aminu Dantata who gave him N2m.
He said, “I collected N500,000 from Otudeko, CEO, Honeywell: From Admiral Kanu, I got N500,000. I also got N500,000 from Bishop Oyedepo and N2m from Dantata. I also got money from Gen. Wushishi and others.
“I opened a Guaranty Trust Bank account in Bishop Kukah’s name. I registered a SIM card in my name, but used Bishop Kukah’s picture on my True Caller account, so that when I call, his picture would appear (on the recipient’s phone.)”
The suspect who is serving a two-month sentence in the Keffi Prison, admitted on Friday in Abuja that he realised over N5.7m.
Disclosing to reporters, Police sources said only N1.7m was found in his bank account, adding that the suspect spent most of the money he made on girls and hard drugs.
It was learnt that Kwasu, the son of late Anglican Bishop, James Kwasu, also exploited his father’s name, to extort money from the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, when the latter was the Speaker, House of Representatives.
The suspect who explained that he defrauded his victims by soliciting money on phone to cater to IDPs in the country, stated that he obtained a passport with the name, Mathew Hassah Kukah Jehu, and also opened an account with the GTB in the same name.
He said, “I called people on the telephone and told them I was Bishop Kukah. I used his picture on my True Caller account, so that when I called people, they would think he was the one talking with them.
“I also obtained a passport in Bishop Kukah’s name which I used to open an account with GTB. The money I realised was paid into the account and I used an Automated Teller Machine card to withdraw it.”
The Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Mustafa, stated that Kwasu was arrested by the men of his command, after Catholic Bishop Kukah complained about his activities.
“We received a petition from Bishop Kukah alleging that the boy had been impersonating him and extorting money from prominent people. So, my men went to work and were able to track the suspect and arrest him. He is a habitual criminal and I would like to advise the public against responding to emails or phone calls from unknown persons requesting financial support for one cause or the other,” the CP said.