Graduate defrauds Bishop David Oyedepo, other prominent Nigerians

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The police has arrested a graduate of political science, Jehu Kwasu who defrauded prominent Nigerians by impersonating Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah.

Punch is reporting that Kwasu admitted in his confession that he made about N5.7m from some of the prominent Nigerians he defrauded through his impersonation.

Jehu Kwasu: He has admitted to defrauding Oyedepo and many other eminent Nigerians. Photo: Punch

His victims, he said, were Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church Worldwide, the Chairman, Honeywell Group, Oba Otudeko, Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu and businessman, Alhaji Aminu Dantata.

He said: “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.

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“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 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 man also allegedly collected the sums for Internally Displaced Persons.

Bishop David Oyedepo was one of those reportedly defrauded by Jehu Kwasu.

He said: “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.

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“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.”

Federal Capital Territory commissioner of police, Muhammad Mustafa said Kwasu was arrested by the men of his command, after Bishop Kukah lodged a complaint about his activities.

“We received a petition from Bishop Kukah alleging that the boy had been impersonating him and extorting money from prominent people. So, my men went to work and were able to track the suspect and arrest him.  He is a habitual criminal and I would like to advise the public against responding to emails or phone calls from unknown persons requesting financial support for one cause or the other,” the commissioner said.

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Kwasu, who is serving a two-month sentence in the Keffi Prison in Abuja, made the confession on Friday, September 16.

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