Fraudster: 'Buhari' in prison for duping Senator of N400K

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 Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

A fraudster who impersonated President Buhari to dupe an Emir in Nigeria State has been remanded in prison custody.

A serial fraudster who impersonated a traditional ruler to defraud a serving Senator in Niger State has been remanded in prison custody by a Minna Chief Magistrates' Court, pending when his case would be heard.

The suspect, Mohammed Buhari, according to Total Media, had allegedly duped the Senator representing Niger South in the National Assembly, Mustapha Sani, of N400,000, by pretending to be the Emir of Lapai, Alhaji Umaru Tafida.

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According to the police prosecutor Abdullahi Aliyu, Senator Sani had lodged a complaint with the Commissioner of Police to the effect that Buhari defrauded him of the said sum of money.

“The complainant, Senator Aliyu, had some time in July, received a phone call from someone who identified himself as the Emir of Lapai, Alhaji Umaru Tafida, requesting financial assistance to run his palace.

The caller was said to have forwarded an account number to which the Senator paid in the sum of N400, 000.

The Senator later visited the Emir of Lapai in August and he denied ever calling or receiving any financial help from the lawmaker.

During a police investigation, it was discovered that Buhari had conspired with Fatima Mohammed who is also arraigned and one Hauwa Isah, now at large, to call the senator and defrauded him of the money,” Aliyu told the court.

The prosecutor asked the court for an adjournment to enable the police to complete investigation, saying the offences contravened Sections 97 and 324 of the Penal Code.

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Buhari and his accomplice, however, pleaded not guilty and their lawyer, Abubakar Maiyaki, urged the court to grant them bail and in his ruling, the president of the court, Magistrate Mohammed Gabi granted them bail of N100, 000 each and one surety each in like sum, but ordered that they should be remanded in prison custody pending when they would meet the bail condition.

The case was adjourned until October 4, 2017, for a mention.



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