The suspect usually creates a Facebook profile with pictures of himself and Atiku, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia and other places. He also identified himself on his Facebook wall as the personal aide to the former vice president. He defrauds his victims by making them believe that Atiku usually gives out financial assistance and contracts to people who were in need and he assured them that he could always help to facilitate it.
He defrauded Raliat and Awa Maje about N5million each, by making them believe that Atiku would give them N15million, while he will collect N5million from each person to process the payment from Atiku.
In a recent interview with newsmen, the 29-year-old suspect said:
“I went into fraud in 2016 after I could not secure a good job and I was equally duped by someone on facebook who wanted to link me up to a ‘sugar mummy’ who would be paying me for sex.
The fraudster took N30,000 from me and blocked me from communicating with him on facebook. Then I thought I could do the same thing and make some money for myself since I had no job. I uploaded several pictures of myself and Atiku who is very accessible. Whenever he was in town, he allowed people to come around his house and take photographs with him. I have snapped several pictures with him over the years. I also learned how to defraud people using fake bank alert and I used it in buying goods in Kano State before I arrested.“