A Nigerian herbalist has been arraigned to court for defrauding a Korean man of $83k (which is equivalent of 30 million Naira).
The suspect, Jamiu Isiaka was arraigned at a Kwara State High Court, sitting in Ilorin, Nigeria for defrauding Keun Sig Kim, in an oil and gas contract scam.
The self acclaimed herbalist was arraigned for impersonating Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, to defraud Kim.
At the resumed sitting, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, testifying as the first prosecution witness, narrated how Jamiu Isiaka used the names of top senior government officials to deceive and defraud Keun Sig Kim in the guise of helping him secure licence from the NNPC.
The EFCC said:
“A petition was written to the Executive Chairman of the EFCC by the complainant, in which he alleged that some fraudsters collected over N30 million from him all in the name of helping him secure license from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
“The herbalist sent several documents, which he claimed emanated from the NNPC and had the names of some top government functionaries like, the GMD of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, National Commissioner with the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mrs. Amina Zakari, among others.
“Several foreign currencies were paid into Isiaka’s domiciliary account in UBA by the petitioner, and the bank confirmed that the defendant is the sole signatory to that account, from which he made the withdrawal through a written instruction.”
He further told the court that in the course of investigating the petition, the EFCC wrote to the NNPC to confirm the genuineness or otherwise of the documents Isiaka sent to Kim.
“They replied us that all the documents were fake,” he said, adding that they never emanated from the NNPC.
Under interrogation, Isiaka claimed that he traveled to Ijebu-Igbo in Ogun State, to buy the skull of a lion for N400,000, the skin of elephant for N500,000 and vulture for N330,000 among other items to conduct sacrifice for Kim.
Justice Abdulgafar, while adjourning to June 25, 2019 for further hearing, admitted as exhibits, all the items recovered from Isiaka’s house including, a Toyota Corolla car, a Plasma Television, Home Theater, Refrigerator, Air Conditioner, and a Generator.