Police arrest Bala Mohammed’s impersonator over N37m hajj slots scam

Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed

Police in Bauchi have arrested a suspect for impersonating Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, and defrauding members of the public of the sum of N37 million over hajj slots.

Bauchi police commissioner, Habu Sani, on Monday during a press conference at the command’s headquarters named the suspects as Iliyasu Ibrahim alias “Du” and his accomplice, Sukni Zakka.


Mr Sani said that Ibrahim acted as Bauchi governor while Zakka acted as his personal assistant.

“The suspect impersonated His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State, Sen. Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed and defrauded innocent members of the public to the sum of thirty-seven million naira (N37, 000, 000. 00) in the payment of hajj pilgrimage,” he said.

“One of the suspects by name Sukni Zakka acted as the personal assistant (PA) to the governor while the other, Iliyasu Ibrahim alias ‘Du’ acted as the Governor during phone conversations.

“The impostor PA lures his unsuspecting victims and defrauds them by putting a call to the impostor who in turn answers the call and assured them of a hajj slot.”


The CP said an agent who is still at large collects the money on behalf of the impostor, while some of the victims pay the money into the bank accounts operated by the impostors or in cash.

He added that 26 international passports were recovered from the suspects.