Herbalist Impersonates NNPC GMD, Lands In EFCC Net
Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Jamiu Isiaka, a 31-year-old herbalist, for allegedly impersonating Maikanti Baru, group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC).
According to Tony Orilade, spokesman of the commission, the suspect also impersonated Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity.
Orilade said the suspect with others at large, used the names of the senior government officials to defraud Keun Sig Kim, a South Korean national.
“This is under the pretense of getting him an NNPC license that would enable him to purchase a company,” he said.
“The petitioner paid over N30 million into the suspect’s account as a fee to get the license.”
Kim was quoted as saying: “I transferred 4.2 million dollars to a United Bank of Africa, account number 2107575870 in the name of one Jamiu Isiaka, an associate of Mr. Shola Adeshina.
“It is noteworthy that these account particulars have been provided severally for me to make the transfer to.”
Orilade said during interrogation, the suspect said he used the money to perform the sacrifice on behalf of the petitioner.
The spokesperson alleged that the suspect claimed that he bought a vulture, elephant’s skin, elephant’s intestine, skull of a lion, liver of gorilla, among others.
“The suspect will soon be arraigned in court while efforts are ongoing to nab the accomplices at larger,” he said.