Pastor David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Chruch, a.k.a Winners’ Chapel, and businessman Obafunke Otudeko were reportedly defrauded by a fraudster.
The clergyman and Otudeko, the chairman of Honneywell Ltd, were among other prominent Nigerians defrauded by one Jehu Kwasu while impersonating Reverend Fr. Mathew Kukah.
Kwasu, the son of late Anglican Bishop James Kwasu, was said to have impersonate Kukah to convince his victims to donate to the Internally Displaced Persons, IDP.
In his confession to the Police, Kwasu said: “I collected N500,000 from Otudeko, CEO, Honeywell: From Admiral Kanu, I got N500,000. I also got N500,000 from Bishop Oyedepo and N2m from Dantata. I also got money from Gen. Wushishi and 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.)”. The fraudster claimed he realised N5.7 million from his tricks, but the police said only N1.7 million was found in his account.
On how he did it, Kwasu explained: “I called people on the telephone and told them I was Bishop Kukah. I used his picture on my True Caller account, so that when I called people, they would think he was the one talking with them.
“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.”
Kwasu is currently serving a two-month sentence in the Keffi Prison over his earlier attempt to defraud former Senate President David Mark.
The inmate is alleged to be a drug addict, who reportedly sold his father’s house for N10million. He allegedly squandered the money to fuel his drug and profligate lifestyle.
The police said investigation is continuing.