A suspected fraudster, Abdulrahman Shuaibu (left), who attempted to dupe a presidential aide, said he became a criminal because he could not get a job in Abuja. The 21-year-old said he relocated to Abuja from his hometown in Hong, Adamawa State, about a year ago because President Muhammadu Buhari was in power and he thought he could easily find himself a job.
Shuaibu, who was paraded on Tuesday by the police alongside his accomplices,Isiaku Zambuk, 47, and Hassan Haruna, 35, explained that he met the gang members at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, and asked for assistance, but they asked him to join the gang.
He said: “Sometimes, we would visit a ministry and demand to see the minister. If he is too busy to attend to us, he may give us his business card and through it, we’ll get his number. I have made only N50,000 so far.”
The Force Public Relations Officer, Donald Awunah, said: “The syndicate specialise in sending text messages and calling highly placed individuals such as ministers, senators, governors and captains of industries on the phone, demanding huge sums of money or else the victims should await grievous consequences if they fail to comply.”