The Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on March 17, 2020 arrested some suspected fraudsters, Yakubu Ibrahim (alias Baban Abba), his two sons, Suleman Yakubu, Ibrahim Yakubu and an accomplice, Kasimu Muhammad at Gidan Dare, Shiyar Gidan Sanda area of Sokoto State for alleged offences of Conspiracy and Obtaining Money by False Pretence to the tune of N4,660,000 (Four Million, Six Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira) only.
According to the EFCC, “the petitioner alleged that about three to four months ago, one Aisha of Mabera, Kantin Sani Area of Sokoto took her to Yakubu at Gidan Sanda for prayers to enable her business grow. The suspect, however, demanded for money to connect her with his ‘Spirits’ so that she can become extremely rich. She further alleged that the suspect assured her that he will pray for her and her business will expand, but that she had to buy some perfume, honey, turkeys and a ram for the prayers. For that, the suspect collected several amounts of money from her on different dates through his sons – Ibrahim and Suleiman. He also presented himself as having supernatural and spiritual powers to transform her misery into wealth; but after giving him the N4,660,000 her business fortunes didn’t improve, instead it became worse. Investigations revealed that Yakubu at various times collected money ranging between N157,000 to N145,000 on different occasions, from the victim”.
EFCC operatives swooped down on the suspects and arrested them while they were trying to further extort the victim of an additional sum of N105,000. The cash sum of N10,000 was recovered from Yakubu. The suspect manipulated his victims by claiming to possess supernatural abilities with which he could make them rich beyond their dreams, making them part with huge sums of money to benefit from his services.
There are ongoing efforts by the commission to recover the funds, while the matter will soon be charged to court.
*** Franca. Joseph