Aminu Ahmed Yerima, 29, has been apprehended by men of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, (IRT), for swindling over 50 persons on Facebook, pretending to be an aide to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party.
It was gathered that, Yerima, who is also a native of Jada Local Government Area of Adamawa State, same with the former Vice President, had conned his unsuspecting victims of huge sums of money. He met his waterloo when two of his female victims wrote a petition against him to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, specifying how he defrauded them of the sum of N5million within six months.
Police sources revealed that after the IGP approved the petitions, he ordered his men at IRT, headed by Abba Kyari, Deputy Commissioner of Police to investigate and bring the culprit to book. Yerima, was said to have been traced through information from his Facebook Account and Kano State, where he was arrested.
Police sources expounded that Yerima, created a Facebook account using pictures of himself and Atiku, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia and many other locations. He also identified himself on his Facebook page as the personal aide to the former vice president.
Sources revealed that “Yerima, made his victims to believe that the former Atiku usually gave out financial assistance and contracts to people who were in need and he guaranteed them that he could always help to enable it. A lot of people fell for his wiles because he made them to believe that the Vice President would assist them the moment they sought for his help.”
“Since he is from the same Local Government Area with the former vice president and they’ve met on several occasions where he took photographs with him, including one of the Vice President’s pilgrimages to Mecca, his victims fell for him. After conning them, he would block them on Facebook and stop communicating with them. After we arrested him, we found over 50 persons he has swindled and blocked on Facebook but the women who wrote separate petitions against him, were Awa Maje and Raliat. He told them that Atiku would give them N15million while he fleeced them of N5million each”, the source disclosed.
The suspect, however confessed in a statement where he said he went into fraud because he had once been a victim of deception. “I got my Master’s Degree from the University of Ghana, Accra, in 2014, but I obtained my bachelor’s degree from Federal University, Yola, Adamawa State in 2010. I went into fraud in 2016 after I could not secure a decent job and I was equally swindled 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 used the same ‘Sugar Mummy’ setup but it did not work out. People weren’t falling for my tricks, then I created a new Facebook account using Manga Mubi as my profile name, and uploaded several pictures of myself and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who is from my Local Government. Atiku is very accessible and down-to-earth.”
“Whenever he (Atiku) was in town, he allowed people to come around his house and take photographs with him. I have snapped numerous pictures with him over the years including one during my Hajj Pilgrimage. I also identified myself as his personal aide and people started contacting me. A lot of them wanted to meet him, others wanted contracts and financial assistance.
I usually guaranteed them that I could always facilitate a meeting between him and them, but it would come with a fee. I usually asked them to pay any amount from N500, 000 upward and a lot of people complied and when they insisted on seeing him, I would tell them he was out of the country but when they started becoming bothersome I would block them from communicating with me. I can’t remember the names of the people I defrauded”. He said
“I also learned how to defraud people using fake bank alert and I used it in purchasing goods in Kano State before I was arrested. One of the women who wrote the petition to the police that got me arrested, Raliat, added me on facebook and she started communicating with me having believed I was an aide to Atiku. She told me that she needed N15million for her business and I assured her that Atiku was going to give it to her, but she would have to give me some money that I would use in processing the money for her. I made her believe that Atiku was always traveling round the world and reaching him wasn’t easy, so she was always providing money for my movement to see him.
I got a total of N2.5million from her and I sent a picture of a fake bank deposit teller of N15million, which Atiku had approved to be paid to her account and when she waited unendingly for the money, she became too worrying and I blocked all Facebook communications with her. I didn’t know that she reported me to the police. I was in Kano when the police came and arrested me”.