Operatives of the Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested a self-acclaimed spiritualist, Mallam Ayu Sugum, for allegedly inducing one Abubakar Mustapha Bakura to steal N2.9 million from his employer under the guise of carrying out a spiritual exercise to make him rich.
He was arrested in a house situated at Pompomari Bypass, Maiduguri, Borno State after his name came up in the course of investigating a petition from Bakura’s employer, according to a statement issued by Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC”s Head of Media and Publicity, on Monday.
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 to 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.
Abubakar claimed 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.
Upon his arrest and interrogation, Sugum confessed giving Abubakar a handkerchief and concoction to drink, but claimed the money he received from Bakura was not up to N2.9 million.
The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded, the Commission said.