A serial fraudster has been remanded in prison custody for allegedly impersonating Bishop Matthew Kukah and defrauding a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
Muaza was ordered remanded by a Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State after he was charged with impersonation with intent to defraud a victim of the sum of N2.5 million.
The police prosecutor handling the case, DSP Femi Falade, had told the court that the accused and others who are now at large, sometime in June 2016, under false pretense, obtained the sum from Chief Afe Babalola, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, (SAN).
According to DSP Falade, the offense is punishable under Sections 1(3) and 11 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Fraud Offence Act, 2006.
The charges against the accused read:
“That you, Abdulrahman Muazu, and others still at large, did conspire to commit felony to wit defraud.
That you, Abdulrahman Muazu, and others still at large, did under false pretense and with intent to defraud present yourself as Bishop Mathew Kukah.
You present yourself as Bishop Kukah who is preparing for the welfare of Internally Displaced Persons in the North-East obtained the sum of N2,500,000 from Chief Afe Babalola.”
When the charge was read to Muazu, he pleaded not guilty and after taking his plea, the prosecutor prayed the court for adjournment and hearing date to call his witnesses.
The presiding judge, Justice Donatus Okorowo ordered that the suspect be remanded in prison custody while the case was adjourned to November 16 and 17, 2016, for hearing.