EFCC Arraigns Suspected Conman for N2.4 m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on April 14, 2014 arraigned duo of Isiyaku Ibrahim and Alhaji Mallam Usman Hussain before Justice Fatu Riman of the Federal  High Court, Kano on a 14-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence.

Haruna Bello, the complainant, alleged that sometime in November 2012 he met Isiyaku Ibrahim who solicited for a place to pass the night and N400 as transportation fare, which he obliged him.

Few days after, Bello said he received a phone call from an unknown person who claimed he was the same person he accommodated and that he was a ‘spirit’, who appeared to him in human form.

The caller told the complainant that he wanted to appreciate his favour in accommodating him by giving him protection and access to a treasure of riches, and asked him to liaise with a certain Mallam (Usman Hussain) whom, he said, understands the workings of the spirit realm.

After the complainant met with the Mallam, they began demanding money  from him to purchase items such as perfumes, Qur’an Horse and so on.

Bello said when he got tired of their demands; he sought to severe the relationship but that they threatened to destroy him and his family.

One of the count reads: “ that you Isiyaku Ibrahim on or about 13th February 2013 in Kano within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court did with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N500, 000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira Only) from one Haruna Bello Madaki through your First Bank Account No; 3066211531, by presenting yourself  to be spirit (Jinn) and that he assisted you with shelter and transport fare while in human form some days ago and as such revisited him with a view to reciprocating the kind gesture by granting him protection because he has a lot of enemies and providing him business fortune which pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offense contrary to section 2(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006  and punishable
under section 2(c) of the same Act.”

The two accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.

However, Justice Riman adjourned the case to April 28, 2014 for ruling on the bail application of the defendants and ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody.

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