Confirming the arrest of the suspect, Abdullahi Haruna, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said Yakubu posed as the Super Eagles captain to defraud unsuspecting members of the public, of huge sums of money before his arrest.
“The suspect, a former worker at the Brigade Quarters Sports Centre, used to present himself as the captain of Super Eagles (Ahmed Musa).
“He forged documents bearing the name Ahmed Musa and defrauded innocent members of the public,” he said.
Haruna disclosed that a complaint was lodged by the Manager of Ahmed Musa Sport Centre, Musa Muhammad.
Upon receiving the complaint, Haruna said, the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Habu Sani, raised a team of detectives led by CSP Abdulkarim Abdullahi, to arrest the culprit.
“On December 20, the suspect was arrested and he confessed he had defrauded more than 15 innocent citizens by faking to be Ahmed Musa and selling forms to youths who want to play football abroad for N5,000.
“He had sold the forms amounting to over N700,000 before he was arrested,” the police spokesman said.
The suspect told newsmen he spent the money he got in hotels on his girlfriends in Sabon Gari area of Kano.
Haruna said the suspect is being investigated for alleged “impersonation, character defamation and fraud,” after which he will be charged to court.
To show his appreciation for the arrest of the impersonator, Ahmed Musa paid a courtesy visit to the state Commissioner of Police, Habu Sani. Musa said he was also at the police command to have a look at the suspect, who incidentally is his lookalike.
The soccer star promised to give all necessary support for Community Policing in the state.