- A fraudster who was arrested and detained by the DSS for using Hanan Buhari's telephone number for criminal purposes has made some revealing confessions
- The criminal, Okolie Ifediukwude Anthony, from Delta state, said that he started using the number of Hanan for fraud after the buying the SIM from a service provider
- Anthony said that he realised that his True Caller application identified him as the daughter of the president each time he made calls with the number
- The fraudster added that upon realising this, he started using the number to solicit funds from wealthy persons by posing as Hanan
Okolie Ifediukwude Anthony, a native of Asaba, Delta state who has been accused of using the telephone number of Hanan Buhari, one of the daughters of the president, for fraud, has finally confessed.
Anthony, contrary to claims and online reports that he is a fish farm investor, has revealed that he is only a labourer hired to work in the farm by its owner (one John Freeman) and paid daily wages.
He confessed that he bought the Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) from a shop in the state's capital and was shocked to find out that each time he made a call with the number, the True Caller application on his phone identified him as Hanan Buhari.
Realising that he has a goldmine in his possession, Anthony said that he started using the number to solicit funds from prominent and wealthy persons in the country by posing as a female on phone.
Okolie confessed: “I was arrested on July 21, 2019, after I had used the phone to chat with an unknown number which I asked for financial assistance and the man, promised to assist me but I never talked with him again because I did not know who the person was.
Okolie said when he started receiving numerous calls on the said number he could not communicate with most of the callers due to the language barrier.
He said many of callers were Nigerians of the Hausa speaking tribe and he had to use the help of some friends who understood the language to interact with the callers.
Okolie further noted that it was the interpreters who put the idea of using Hanan's number for fraudulent activities in his head.
Also, Legit.ng gathered that it was one of Hanan's callers that promoted the first family on the activities of Okolie which led to a petition to the secret police on the matter.
He was later arrested but has since being released after confessing to his crime.
Dismissing reports that he was about to lose his wife, said that he is single, a Christian, self-employed and currently searching for a job.
Although he said that he initially had thoughts of reporting the situation to the service provider, but delayed with the idea until he was arrested by officials of the Department of State Service.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the DSS had arrested and paraded a man who created and shared a fake video of a purported marriage between President Muhammadu Buhari and the minister of humanitarian affairs and social development, Sadiya Farouq.
Kabiru Mohammed who was identified as a member of the Kwakwasiyya group in Kano state was paraded by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Friday, January 3, at the service's headquarters in Abuja.
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