The Ilorin zonal office of EFCC has apprehended a 31-year-old Islamic scholar/herbalist identified as Jamiu Isiaka for impersonating the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) known as Dr Maikanti Baru and the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity identified as Femi Adesina among other prominent citizens.
The suspect, Jamiu Isiaka, with others who are not yet apprehended allegedly used the names of the senior government officials to scam a South Korean national identified as Keun Sig Kim, under pretence of getting him an NNPC license that would enable him purchase a company in Nigeria.
The petitioner, Keun Sig Kim, had paid over N30million (Thirty Million Naira) into the suspect’s account as fee to get the license for the company.
According to Keun Sig Kim, he stated:
“I transferred $4,285.071 (Four Thousand, Two Hundred and Eighty-five United States Dollars, Seventy-one cents) to the United Bank of Africa, account number 2107575870 in the name of one Jamiu Isiaka, an associate of Mr Shola Adeshina. It is noteworthy that this account particulars have been provided severally for me to make transfer to.”
Meanwhile, Isiaka, during interrogation with EFCC officials, made it known that he used the money to perform sacrifice on behalf of the petitioner.
Isiaka further claimed to have bought a vulture, elephant’s skin, elephant’s intestine, skull of a lion, liver of gorilla, among others.
The suspect, Jamiu Isaka, will soon be arraigned in court while efforts are currently going on to apprehend the other accomplices who are on the run.