EFCC arrests herbalist for duping South Korean of N30m

EFCC arrests herbalist for duping South Korean of N30m

- One Jamiu Isiaka was arrested by the EFCC in Ilorin

- The Islamic scholar and herbalist reportedly duped a South Koren of N30m

- The cleric will soon be charged to court alongside his accomplices who are still at large

An Islamic scholar and herbalist, Jamiu Isiaka, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly duping a South Korean of N30 million.

According to the commission, Isiaka impersonated the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) Dr Maikanti Baru and the Special Adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina to carry out his alleged crime.

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The herbalist who was arrested by the EFCC in Ilorin duped a South Korean national, Keun Sig Kim, under pretence of getting him an NNPC license that would enable him purchase a company.

The EFCC said other accomplices of the herbalist will be apprehended soon and charged to court.

The statement reads:

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ilorin Zonal Office has arrested a 31-year-old Islamic scholar/herbalist, Jamiu Isiaka for impersonating the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) Dr Maikanti Baru and the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina among other prominent citizens.

The suspect with others who are still at large allegedly used the names of the senior government officials to scam a South Korean national, Keun Sig Kim, under pretence of getting him an NNPC license that would enable him purchase a company.

The petitioner had paid over N30million (Thirty Million Naira) into the suspect's account as fee to get the license.

According to him "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."

Isiaka, during interrogation with EFCC officials, claimed that he used the money to perform sacrifice on behalf of the petitioner.

He claimed to have bought a vulture, elephant’s skin, elephant’s intestine, skull of a lion, liver of gorilla, among others.

The suspect will soon be arraigned in court while efforts are ongoing to nab the accomplices at larger.

Meanwhile, Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the EFCC on Wednesday, May 15, advised Nigerian students to desist from cybercrimes, also known as yahoo-yahoo and fraudulent activities related to it.

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Magu said this as he was giving a lecture at the University of Ilorin, Kwara state, on the dangers of internet fraud.

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