A man named Jamiu Isiaka who was convicted of impersonation and fraud have explained that he spent the $88,521 (N30million) he obtained from his victim on preparation and conducting a sacrifice for the petitioner.
The convict was arraigned by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC for impersonating Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Femi Adesina and swindling a South Korean, Keun Sig Kim, to the tune of $88,521.
According to the report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Isiaka who pleaded not guilty to the charges told the kwara High Court sitting in Ilorin on Thursday, September 30th, 2021 that he used the money to conduct sacrifice for the petitioner.
He said, “Part of the money was used to buy a vulture, elephant skin, elephant intestine, the skull of a lion and liver of a gorilla; all used as ingredients for the sacrifice,”
The prosecution however argued that Isiaka had presented himself as the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina; and also as a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation late Maikanti Baru, to Keun Sig Kim, a South Korean, to defraud him of N30m.
The prosecution noted that while parading himself as a senior government official, the convict deceived the foreign national to collect various sums of money under the pretence of securing for his victim an NNPC approved marketing form and license certificate to buy crude oil in Nigeria, the court heard.
In the course of the trial, counsel to the EFCC, O. B. Akinsola, called two witnesses, including a police detective, Dare Folarin, who narrated how the defendant was arrested and several fraudulent funds traced to his bank accounts.
The prosecutor tendered evidence on how the defendant obtained the sum of $88,521 from his victim, under the guise of helping him to procure an approval form from the NNPC.
Delivering judgement, Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar held that the prosecution had tendered enough evidence to convince the court that the defendant was guilty as charged.
The court found Isiaka guilty of the charges and sentenced him to seven years in prison on each count, to run concurrently.