The suspect was a candidate in Kogi, North Central Nigeria.
A former Kogi Central Senatorial Candidate, Abdulazeez Bello, will soon be arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on charges of impersonation and forgery.
Mr. Bello, 49, was arrested recently by operatives of the State Security Services, SSS, at the Sheraton Hotels & Towers, Lagos, for impersonating the Director of Operations of the EFCC, Olaolu Adegbite.
He was at the hotel premises to further an advance fee fraud agenda targeted at Mercy Orji, wife of the Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji.
He reportedly posed as the EFCC’s Director of Operations with a fake identity card bearing the name of Mr. Adegbite.
Reports from the SSS indicated that Mr. Bello was arrested on January 27 while negotiating with some aides of his would-be victim. He was later handed over to the EFCC for prosecution.
At the EFCC’s office, the politician-turned conman said that he was working with a certain Nelson Ndukwe and Chuks Offor, both aides of Mrs. Orji, to perfect his nefarious agenda of swindling her.
He confessed that he impersonated the EFCC’s Director of Operations.
“I’m sorry that I impersonated the Operations Director of the EFCC. I did it to be able to arrest Mrs. Orji’s assistants who are said to be working for her to launder money. It was my first time of doing this. EFCC should help me out of this”, he said.
Mr. Bello has reportedly made useful statements to the EFCC and will be charged to court soon.
The politician was the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria for the Kogi Central Senatorial District in the 2011 elections.