suspect, who is now being held at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, for
attempting to defraud the children of President Muhammadu Buhari, was at
one point in his life, a police sergeant.
since 2003 when he lost his job as a policeman, he found out he could
make a lot of money by defrauding influential Nigerians.
phone number of a prominent chieftain of the All Progressives Congress,
whom he contacted by impersonating Mrs. Daisy Danjuma, wife of Gen. T.Y.
to contact some members of the First Family, setting in motion a con
that was supposed to net him millions of Naira.
State, told investigators after he was tracked down and apprehended by
the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, that
he quitted his police post in 2003 after being enticed by a chance to
travel out of the country I left my duty post and went on to process my
documents, but I was defrauded and I lost all my money.
told that I had been declared a deserter. I begged to be reinstated but
was not taken back. I then began to look for work. I also applied for a
bank security job but did not get it.”
the SMS that she did not have the phone numbers of the President’s
children but sent that of the elder brother of First Lady, Aisha,
thinking she was communicating with Daisy Danjuma.
phone numbers of the President’s children, whom he sent messages, again
impersonating Danjuma” to asking them to present five names for a
phantom job with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
Ibrahim Idris was notified of the suspected fraudulent activities of
Abam, the IRT was tasked with tracking him down.
officials of the NDLEA and called the phone number that had been sent to
him. He asked them to pay a certain amount of money to a bank account,
which would be payment for their kits during their training exercise.
But no payment was made to the accounts,” our correspondent was told by
the police source.
but I was not making enough money. Then, I went into local fraud. One of
my friends, known as Mike, taught me how to impersonate people in order
to get phone numbers of prominent politicians.
numbers. I later met Felix (Machi), who became my partner. Before I
attempted to defraud the president’s children, I had defrauded many
politicians by pretending to be a kidney disease patient.
financial help for a kidney transplant and many of them sent money to
me. I got N70,000 from a member of the Anambra State House of
Assembly,EmekaObinna, the Commissioner for Lands in Delta State and he
gave me N50,000.
N150,000 while another member of the Anambra State House of Assembly,
ObinnaUzor, gave me N50,000. I also got N50,000 from Senator Ahmed
Yerima. Even the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria,
Pastor Ayo Oritsejefor, gave me N100,000.
the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Aniofor Udo andN5,500 from a
former Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Daniel Abia.”
needed to up their game recently when he broached the idea of defrauding
the First Family to Machi.
APC chieftain from the APC Chairman in Delta State, Prophet Enu, by
impersonating the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
the President’s children and they sent me the eight names, I realised
the candidates were not cooperating. I knew something had gone wrong
when I started receiving calls from people threatening to arrest me.
cards. I thought there was no way I could be tracked without them. But I
was surprised when the police showed up at my house on Saturday and
headquarters have said Abam and his accomplice would be charged to court
as soon as investigation into the extent of their operation was