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419: I gave them N1.3m to buy holy perfume, says victim

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

ABUJA—An Islamic teacher, Mallam Mohammed Awwal, yesterday, narrated before an Abuja high Court how two alleged fraudsters, Yusuf Isah and Samaila Musa, beguiled him into parting with about N1.3million, which they told him was for the purchase of a holy perfume required for the cleansing of foreign currencies they promised to produce from pieces of paper for him.

Awwal, who told his story in Hausa, but translated into English by the Court clerk yesterday, said he was convinced to give the money after the accused persons whom he said had attended his Islamia classes over a month before the incident, came to his house one day with a box filed with paper of various sizes, out of which he said they invoked different denominations of money before him.

He said the alleged fraudsters forbade him from touching the money, insisting that there was need to spray a holy perfume on it to ensure that its originality was not affected.

The deal, however, went awry when he discovered that not only was the box useless, but also that the accused persons were nowhere to be seen.


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