A 25-year-old graduate of Political Science and the son of late Anglican Bishop, James Kwasu, named Jehu Kwasu has has been arrested and given a two months jail term for impersonating the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah and defrauding prominent Nigerians of millions of naira.
According to the suspect, his victims included Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church Worldwide, who he alleged gave him N500,000; the Chairman, Honeywell Group, Oba Otudeko, N1m; Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, N500,000; businessman, Alhaji Aminu Dantata, N2m.
He allegedly collected the sums for Internally Displaced Persons.
“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.)”
Kwasu, who is presently serving a two-month sentence in the Keffi Prison, confessed on Friday in Abuja that he got a total sum of over N5.7m from his criminal act.
Police sources said only N1.7m was found in his bank account, stating that the suspect spent most of the money he made on girls and hard drugs.
It was further gathered that 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 25-year old explained that he defrauded his victims by requesting money on phone to cater to IDPs in the country.
The cleric’s son said that he got a passport with the name, Mathew Hassah Kukah Jehu, and also opened an account with the GTB in the same name.
“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.”
It was learnt that Kukah was alerted to the scam by some people close to him.
The cleric was said to have petitioned the police, which asked the bank to place a “no debit order” on the account.
Following his inability to withdraw from the account, Kwasu was said to have visited the bank to lay a complaint, where he was promptly arrested.
Findings indicate that Kwasu had earlier been arrested and remanded in prison for impersonating Bishop Steven Akobe of the Anglican Diocese of Kabba, Kogi State, but was granted bail.
The police said Kwasu had also attempted to extort money from Senator David Mark, alleging to be Akobe.
“Mark said I should come for some money, so I sent my girlfriend. But she was arrested and I was taken to court and sentenced to two months imprisonment or N9million fine,” Kwasu said.