Man in EFCC net for defrauding boss over spiritual cleansing

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), disclosed that its operatives of the Maiduguri Zonal Command have arrested two suspects over alleged fraud and theft.

The Anti-graft Agency noted that one Mallam Ayu Sugum, a self-acclaimed spiritualist, was arrested for allegedly inducing one Abubakar Mustapha Bakura to steal N2.9million from his employer under the guise of carrying out a spiritual exercise to make him rich.

It said he was apprehended in a house situated at Pompomari Bypass in Maiduguri metropolis after his name came up in the course of investigating a petition from Bakura’s employer, adding that Bakura was the one who, under interrogation, mentioned Sugum as the beneficiary of the monies he stole from his employer.

“Upon his arrest on July 8, 2021, Bakura admitted stealing from his boss. He added that the stolen money was collected from him by Ayu Sugum, who promised to make him rich within two weeks.

“Bakura also claimed that he was given a handkerchief and a concoction to drink and each time he took the liquid, ‘he loses his memory for days’ and subsequently went to steal money from his boss for the spiritualist”, it said.

According to the EFCC, upon his arrest and interrogation, Sugum confessed giving Bakura a handkerchief and concoction to drink, but claimed that the money he received from him was not up to N2.9million.

It stated that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.