A 31-year-old Islamic scholar and herbalist, Jamiu Isiaka, who fleeced a South Korean of 30 million naira and has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said the money was used to procure a vulture, elephant’s skin, elephant’s intestine, lion’s skull and other items to perform some sacrifices in favour of the Korean.
Isiaka who was arrested for impersonating Dr Maikanti Baru, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, and the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina among others into extorting the Korean.
The suspect was said to have collaborated with others at large to fleece one, Keun Sig Kim, a South Korean national of N30 million under the pretence of getting him a license for oil operations in Nigeria.
The suspect provided the account the money was paid into, this was said to have led the Korean into petitioning the suspect when nothing was forthcoming.
Keun Sig Kim said “I transferred $4,285.071
to the United Bank of Africa, account number 2107575870 in the name of one Jamiu Isiaka, an associate of Mr. Shola Adeshina,” the complainant wrote.
“It is noteworthy that this account particulars have been provided severally for me to make transfer to,” the Korean reported.
During interrogationm, the suspect, Isiaka, claimed that he used the money to perform sacrifice on behalf of the petitioner.
He admitted that he used the money to buy a vulture, elephant’s skin, elephant’s intestine, lion’s skull, gorilla’s liver, among others to perform some sacrifices in favour of the Korean.
A statement by EFCC’s spokesman, Tony Orilade, said that the suspect would soon be arraigned in court while efforts were being instensified to nab the other accomplices on the run.