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We used beer to bait Buhari’s impersonator – Detective

The trial of three alleged Internet fraudsters who scammed some white men by presenting themselves as the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), resumed on Tuesday before the Federal High Court in Lagos.

The defendants – Uche Julius, alias Musa Mohammed; Kenneth Ezeomu, alias Abdul Karim; and Agu George, alias Dr Lina Norman – were arraigned in November 2018 on 16 counts bordering on forgery and cybercrime.

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In the charges, the police alleged that Julius and some persons still at large, on August 8, 2018, sent forged electronic messages to one Engr Gmemnzes, “purporting same to have been sent by Her Excellency, Mrs Aisha Buhari, the First Lady and wife of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari.”

According to the police, the accused titled the messages, “Attention: Geraldo Francisco Menezes,” wherein he demanded immediate payment of $20.5m.

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At the resumed trial on Tuesday, a police detective, Musa Naneri, narrated to the court how Julius was lured to a pub, where he was arrested.

Naneri said after police investigation dovetailed to Julius, they contacted him and arranged to meet with him at a pub “because he has love for Gulder.”

The detective said, “As he showed up, we arrested him. He made confessional statement that he was into financial fraud.

“He stated in his confessional statement how he defrauded white men whom he called ‘Mugun’.”

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The detective said, Julius’ arrest led to the arrest of third defendant, George, on October 21, 2018 and the subsequent arrest of the second defendant, Ezeomu.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo has adjourned further proceedings till March 31.

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