A self-confessed fraudster, Mr. Aminu Yarima, yesterday told an Abuja Chief Magistrate Court at Wuse Zone 2, how the devil, sometime in December last year, deceived him into impersonating the National Security Adviser, NSA, Mr. Sambo Dasuki, to the amusement of those present at the court.
Aminu who pleaded guilty to a one-count criminal charge preferred against him by the Nigeria Police Force yesterday, told the court how devil has been tormenting him, forcing him to do things against his wish. He said it was also the devil who commanded him to dupe four sitting ministers under President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
He narrated how he bought a GSM line, 08034467417, which he used in calling the personal phone numbers of the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Nigerian Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, Information Minister, Labaran Maku and the Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Rufai. But, sadly for Aminu, the operation went awry.
The accused person who holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting identified himself as the NSA when he called the ministers, demanding to have a private audience with each of them with a view to discussing certain issues of great national importance.
One of the ministers however sensed foul play, and was said to have notified the Police which promptly traced the call and apprehended the accused person.
Police Prosecutor, DSP Stanley Nwodo, told the court that the offence was contrary to the provisions of sections 312, 324 and 325 of the Penal Code.
Mr. Edwin Atta, counsel to the accused however urged the court to temper justice with mercy, insisting that it was the devil’s handiwork.
The accused person while pleading for mercy also told the court that he had two wives and two kids that depended on him for survival, and that he was he a first time offender.
Magistrate Grace Adebayo adjourned the matter till Thursday to convict and sentence the accused person.
The offence upon which he was charged attracts a maximum punishment of seven years imprisonment.