ICPC prosecutes suspected impersonators of former Anglican clergyman

The Independent Commission of Corrupt Practices and other related crimes (ICPC) has prosecuted four people accused of fraud perpetrated by impersonating a former primate of the Anglican Communion, Nicholas Okoh. Jehu Kwasu, 40, and three others allegedly defrauded many “prominent and influential” Nigerians of around N30,450,000 by posing as Mr Okoh, a statement by ICPC spokeswoman Azuka Ogugwa said on Sunday. The statement said that the commission indicted Mr. Kwasu along with three other suspected co-conspirators on various charges in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Apo, Abuja. It did not indicate the particular day that the defendants were tried. The other three co-defendants are Etubi Aliyu, Abdulrahman Muazu and Usman Abdulaziz. The ICPC accused the four defendants of impersonating Mr. Okoh, a reverend, by creating a fake Facebook account with his photo and name. The defendants allegedly used fraudulent Facebook accounts to defraud unsuspecting members of the public in order to raise funds to bring the body of Mr. Okoh’s late brother home from abroad. The prosecution also accused them of using their bank accounts and those of some of their acquaintances to commit the fraud. The defendants allegedly used some of their collaborators as a front to withdraw part of the 30.4 million naira received in their accounts and move part of it to other accounts created specifically for the illegal transactions, the prosecution also said. The defendants were also accused of using forged national identity documents to open numerous fraudulent bank accounts under false names of individuals to carry out their criminal acts. ICPC said the defendants’ action of obtaining under false pretense was contrary to section 1(1) and punishable under section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offenses Act. from 2010. All of the accused persons pleaded not guilty to all charges when read before them. Defense lawyers, Sadiq Lawal, who represents the first defendant, and Abdulrazak Jibril, who represents the second to fourth defendants, asked the court to grant their clients bail. ICPC Prosecutor Sulaiman Abdulkareem opposed the request. But the judge, CO Oba, overruled the prosecution’s objection to granting the defendants bail. He granted a bond to each of them in the amount of N20 million with two guarantees each for the same amount. The guarantees must also have fully developed properties in the FCT, according to the judge. The judge ordered them to be held at Kuje Correctional Facility in Abuja pending bail. The court adjourned the case until May 18-19 for trial. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; ICPC prosecutes suspected impersonators of former Anglican clergyman