The son of a late Anglican Bishop has been arrested for impersonating the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto and defrauding prominent Nigerians.
Apart from Oyedepo from whom he got N500,000, the suspect who confessed that he spent the money he made from the crime on women and drugs, said he also duped Oba Otudeko, the Chairman of Honeywell Group of N1 million, Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, N500,000 and billionaire business mogul, Alhaji Aminu Dantata, who parted with N2 million.
Kwasu said he collected the sums pretending he wanted to help Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the north.
In his confession, the suspect said:
“I collected N500,000 from Otudeko, CEO, Honeywell. From Admiral Kanu, I got N500,000. I also got N500,000 from Bishop Oyedepo and N2 million from Dantata. I also got money from Gen. Wushishi and others.
I opened a Guaranty Trust Bank account in Bishop Kukah’s name. I registered a SIM card in my name, but used Bishop Kukah’s picture on my True Caller account, so that when I call, his picture would appear on the recipient’s phone.
I called people on the telephone and told them I was Bishop Kukah. I used his picture on my True Caller account, so that when I called people, they would think he was the one talking with them.
I also obtained a passport in Bishop Kukah’s name which I used to open an account with GTB. The money I realized was paid into the account and I used an Automated Teller Machine card to withdraw it.”
The Federal Capital Territory Police Command reports that Kwasu, who is serving a two-month sentence in the Keffi Prison, realized over N5.7 million from the crime while only N1.7 million was found in his bank account during investigations.
Kwasu was also said to have exploited his father’s name to extort money from the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari when he was the Speaker of House of Representatives.
It was gathered that the end of the road for the suspect came when the real Bishop Matthew Kukah petitioned the police that someone was impersonating him and collecting money in his name.
The police traced the account and placed a 'no debit order' on it and Kwasu could not make withdrawals with his ATM cards, he visited the bank to complain and was arrested.