The Police have arrested one Jehu Kwasu who defrauded prominent Nigerians by impersonating the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah.
Kwasu, a graduate of Political Science admitted in his confession that he made about N5,7m from some of the Nigerians he defrauded by impersonating Bishop Kukah. His victims according to him were Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church Worldwide, Chairman of Honeywell Group, Oba Otudeko, Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu and businessman Alhaji Aminu Dantata.
“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 aslso got money from General Wushishi and others” He said.
“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 show”
Kwasu, who is the son of late Anglican Bishop, James Kwasu also used his father’s name to extort money from the Katsina state governor, Aminu Masari when he was the Speaker, House of Representatives. The 25-year-old defrauded his victims by soliciting money over the phone to cater to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country.
He is currently serving a two-month sentence in the Keffi prison. Police say only N1.7m was found in his bank account, adding that the suspect spent most of the money on girls and hard drugs.
It is being reported that Bishop Kukah was alerted to he scam and he reported to the police who then asked the bank to place a ‘no debit order’ on the account. Kwasu went to the bank to complin about his inability to withdraw money and that was when he was arrested.