The convict was sentenced to 7 years’ imprisonment on each of the
eleven count charge preferred against him by the EFCC. Yusuf had
defrauded one Ya’u Mohammed to the tune of N20 million between November
2012 and January 2013 in a classic advance fee fraud scheme.
Posing as a ‘spirit’ named ‘Asmau’, based in Niger Republic, the
convict was able to convince the complainant through a phone call into
believing that the mystery female voice had powers to establish schools
and mosques to propagate Islam but needed a human vessel through which
this could be achieved.
The complainant gullibly fell into his trap after threats that he
either obeys the voice of the spirit or die. Subsequently, the convict
began to extort his victim and used the money to buy exotic cars and
acquire a mansion in red bricks area of Kano state. The sentences are to
run concurrently from the day of his arrest.