Man impersonates popular Islamic cleric, defrauds followers of N11 million

EFCC
EFCC Operatives

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested one Saheed Omoniyi over alleged N11 million fraud perpetrated through the Internet.

Ayo Oyewole, the Head of Public Affairs, EFCC Ibadan Zonal Office, told journalists in Ibadan on Thursday that Omoniyi, 24, lured his victims to defraud them by posing as a renowned Islamic cleric.

He said that the suspect had impersonated a popular Lagos-based Islamic cleric, Sulaiman Onikijipa, on the internet seeking donations from his unsuspecting followers.

Mr. Oyewole said that the suspect had lured the unsuspecting followers of the popular cleric to pay donations into an account purportedly opened by the Sheikh.

He stated that the commission got wind of Mr. Omoniyi’s fraudulent activities through a petition sent to the anti-graft agency by the Islamic cleric.

Mr. Oyewole stated that the commission’s investigations revealed that the suspect had obtained over N11 million before his arrest on Monday, March 13.

He said that the suspect was arrested on his way to the bank to withdraw the latest donations of one million naira into the fraudulent account.

Mr. Oyewole stated that Omoniyi, who hails from Offa in Kwara State, had made confessional statement to operatives of the commission.

He said that the suspect would be charged to court as soon as the investigation was concluded.

(NAN)


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  • Otile

    The deceiving Imam looks like Dele Awogbeoloshi in disguise. See the con man with the holy qur-an in hand shouting Allahu while raking in millions. Islam religion of integrity my foot.

    • amazing2012

      Not in islam, even tbose defrauded are guillable with some element of christianc mentality. We are not like mumus who are pastors ATM with their eye open while the pastors are sleeping with different women (Pastor S) and flying jets while the poor deceived contributors are using molowe!!! Chai, christians are mugus !!!!

      • Otile

        How are Christians mugus, are the moslems extorted money by imam Saheed Omoniyi Christians? In the mosques you people say “mugu fall mugu wakam”.