Sheikh arrested by EFCC’ for N11m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested one Saheed Omoniyi over alleged N11m fraud perpetrated through the Internet popularly known as Yahoo Yahoo.

The Head of Public Affairs, EFCC Ibadan Zonal Office, Mr Ayo Oyewole, told newsmen in Ibadan on Thursday that Omoniyi, 24, lured his victims to defraud them by posing as a renowned Islamic cleric.

He said that the suspect had impersonated a popular Lagos-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Sulaiman Onikijipa on the internet seeking donations from his unsuspecting followers.

Oyewole said that the suspect had lured the unsuspecting followers of the popular cleric to pay donations into an account purportedly opened by the Sheikh.

He stated that the commission got wind of Omoniyi’s fraudulent activities through a petition sent to the anti-graft agency by the Islamic cleric.

Oyewole stated that the commission’s investigations revealed that the suspect had obtained over N11m before his arrest on Monday, March 13.

He said that the suspect was arrested on his way to the bank to withdraw the latest donations of N1m into the fraudulent account.

Oyewole stated that Omoniyi, who hails from Offa in Kwara State, had made a confessional statement to operatives of the commission.

He said that the suspect would be charged to court as soon as the investigation was concluded.



  1. I think you people are out of your minds, the way you write your headlines as if the crime was perpetrated by the renowned sheikh, be careful before God,s anger will be visited on you and your entire family