Jehu Kwasu, the 25-year old son of a late Anglican bishop, James Kwasu, has been arrested by the police for impersonating the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, and defrauding some prominent Nigerians under the guise of collecting donations for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Among those who reportedly fell for Kwasu’s scam are Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church Worldwide, who he claimed gave him N500,000; the Chairman, Honeywell Group, Oba Otudeko, N1 million; Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, N500,000; businessman, Alhaji Aminu Dantata, N2 million, among 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),” he said on Friday in Abuja.
“I also obtained a passport in Bishop Kukah’s name which I used to open an account with GTB. The money I realised was paid into the account and I used an Automated Teller Machine card to withdraw it.”
In all, Kwasu said he realised over N5.7 million, although the police said it found only N1.7 million in his bank account as he had squandered most of the cash on girls and drugs.
The FCT police commissioner, Muhammad Mustafa, told journalists that they received a petition from Bishop Kukah over Kwasu’s impersonation and extortion.
“So, my men went to work and were able to track the suspect and arrest him. He is a habitual criminal and I would like to advise the public against responding to emails or phone calls from unknown persons requesting financial support for one cause or the other,” said the police boss.
The police asked the bank to place a “no debit order” on the account, leading Kwasu to visit the bank to complain, where he was subsequently arrested.
Kwasu, had also previously impersonated Bishop Steven Akobe of the Anglican Diocese of Kabba, Kogi State, to extort money from Senator David Mark.
“Mark said I should come for some money, so I sent my girlfriend. But she was arrested and I was taken to court and sentenced to two months imprisonment or N9,000 fine,” Kwasu said.