18 September 2016
The Police have arrested a suspect, Jehu Kwasu, 25, for allegedly impersonating the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, to defraud members of the public.
Presenting the accused to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja, the Commissioner of Police, in the Federal Capital Territory, Mr Muhammad Mustafa, said the suspect was arrested in Kaduna on August 15.
He said that Kukah had complained to the command on the activities of the suspect.
“We received a complaint from Kukah through our unit that is investigating the matter which arrested the suspect,” he said.
He said that the Bishop had been informed of the arrest of the suspect who was a habitual criminal, adding that he was currently on remand.
The suspect who confessed to the crime, said that he opened an account at the GTB in the name of Kukah and solicited for money from the public to “assist’’ Internally Displaced Persons.
“My name is Jehu Kwasu, I impersonated Bishop Matthew Kukah, I collected quite a huge amount of money from people in his name.
“When I opened the account in GTB, I called people on phone for support for IDPs to channel the money to them, but instead I channelled the money to myself,’’ he said.
He explained that he was arrested when he went to the bank to withdraw some money from the account into which his victims had paid.
Kwasu said that he usually called his victims through their phone numbers which he got from the Internet and true caller application.
He said that he decided to use the name of the Bishop to defraud members of the public because of his personality.
The suspect who had defrauded prominent Nigerians of millions of Naira, said that his attempt to defraud former Senate President, David Mark, failed.
The political science graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, said he took to crime because of hardship.
The suspect, a son of an Anglican Bishop, late James Kwasu, had before his arrest been also arrested for impersonating Bishop Stephen Akobe of the Kabba Anglican Diocese.