The Federal Capital Territory Director of Security has confirmed the arrest of Ibrahim Sabo Takat, who specialises in cloning phone numbers and using same to commit large scale fraud after he used the phone number of FCT Minister, Senator Bala Muhammad to order payment of N3 million into his account.
Ibrahim Halilu, who paraded Takat on behalf of the DSS Director FCT Command, yesterday told journalists in Abuja that he would be charged after investigations into the fraudulent act are concluded, while he warned members of the public to be careful with the way they handle their phones and who they give their numbers to.
According to security information, Takat, who lives in Wuye District of the FCT, used the FCT Minister’s phone number and gave instructions, as if the Minister was the one doing so.
In particular, Takat succeeded in ordering the Chief of Staff to the Minister to pay the sum of N3 million into his own account domiciled with Diamond Bank with number 0011141544, posing as if the Minister was the one giving the order.
Unknown to the Chief of Staff, he quickly arranged and paid the amount into Takat’s account on Thursday, August 8, 2013 without suspecting any foul play.
Takat was said to have withdrawn the money immediately he was alerted of the payment, and disappeared into thin air.
The minister who later found out about the fraud reported to the security operatives who swung into action and arrested Takat.