Mathew Kukah

N5 million scam: Police arrest Bishop Kukah’s impersonator

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Police Command has arrested one Jehu Kwasu, over impersonating the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah and defrauding prominent Nigerians over N5 million.

Parading the suspect on Sunday in Abuja, the FCT Commissioner of Police (CP) Muhammad Mustafa said the suspect was arrested on August 15th in Kaduna after a sting operation by police detectives.

CP Mustapha explained that Bishop Kukah complained about the impersonation after receiving calls from friends alerting him of the activities of the suspect who had been collecting money in the name of Kukah.

The CP said on investigation, they discovered that the suspect obtained an international passport in the name of Bishop Kukah with a slight variation in spelling, and opened an account with Guarantee Trust Bank, which he used to defraud his victims.

The suspect, 25 years old, Jehu Kwasu also confessed to committing the crime, he told journalists that he acted alone in the scam which also involved using Bishop Kukah’s photo as a profile photo for his mobile phone True caller account.

He said he would call prominent Nigerian pretending to be Bishop Kukah demanding money for a fund to assist Internally Displaced Persons in the aftermath of the activities of Boko Haram in the North East.

He explained that  Bishop Kukah’s photo would appears on the mobile phone screen as the incoming caller, which enabled him deceive prominent Nigerians into paying huge sums of money into the fake IDP fund.

It was gathered that he usually withdrew money from the account using an ATM card, but was arrested when he went into a GTB bank in Kaduna to complain after the card got stuck in an ATM machine.

Kwasu is said to have been convicted of in a previous fraud case, after he tried defrauding former Senate President David Mark.

Kwasu reportedly pleaded guilty of the fraud charges leveled against him, and paid the fine option on a light prison sentence.

The FCT police said he has been remanded to Kuje prison, while his court case continues.

 

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