The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to arraign a former Kogi Central Senatorial candidate, Alhaji Abdulazeez Bello, on offences bothering on impersonation and forgery. Bello , 49, was arrested recently by operatives of the State Security Services (SSS) at the Sheraton Hotels & Towers, Lagos , for impersonating the Director of Operations of the EFCC, Mr. Olaolu Adegbite.
The EFCC made this known today in a Press Statement from the office of the Head, Media and Publicity of the commission, Mr Wilson Uwujaren.
According to the EFCC, the suspected conman was at the hotel premises to further an advance fee fraud agenda aimed at Mrs Mercy Orji, wife of the Abia State Governor, Mr. Theodore Orji.
Bello was said to have posed as the EFCC’s Director of Operations with a fake identity card bearing the name of E. Adegbite .
According to reports from the SSS Bello was arrested on January 27, 2013 while negotiating with some aides of his would-be victim He was later handed over to the EFCC for prosecution.
At the EFCC’s office, the politician-turned conman said that he was working with certain Nelson Ndukwe and Chuks Offor, both aides of Mrs. Orji to perfect his nefarious agenda of swindling her. He confessed that he impersonated the EFCC’s Director of Operations. “I’m sorry that I impersonated the Operations Director of the EFCC. I did it to be able to arrest Mrs. Orji’s assistants who are said to be working for her to launder money. It was my first time of doing this. EFCC should help me out of this”, he begged.
The Kogi born-politician has reportedly made “useful statement” to the anti-graft agency and would be charged to court soon.