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Fraudster who clinched top gov’t job posing as TY Danjuma’s son gets bail


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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A federal high court in Warri, Delta State, on Thursday granted bail to an alleged impostor, Tikari Danjuma, who parades himself as the son of a former defence minister, TY Danjuma.

On January 7, DAILY NIGERIAN exclusively reported Tikari, whose real name is Matthew Obobo Solomon, has duped the Nigerian government into offering him a top job at the Ministry of Niger Delta after posing as a son of TY Danjuma.

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Mr. Danjuma, a billionaire philanthropist and chairman of Intervention Programmes for the North East, commands the respect of Nigerian authorities, including President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Mr. Solomon began hatching the identity theft plan on June 11, 2013, when he placed a classified advert (Change of Name) in a Nigerian newspaper, wishing to be known and addressed as Matthew Theophilus Danjuma.

On January 9, the State Security Service, SSS in Abuja arrested Mr Solomon and detained for over three months.

Mr Solomon’s lawyers therefore filed a fundamental right application on his behalf.

The court held in an ex-parte motion that the continued detention of Tikari Danjuma for over three months is a violation of his fundamental rights to personal liberty and unconstitutional.

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The court further adjourned the case to June 13 for hearing.

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