Zaman Abasiriyu, has been arrested by the police for
alleged forgery and impersonation.
He is Senator Elisha Abbo’s Personal Assistant. He was alleged to have used similar trick to solicit for contracts from ministries, boards and other government agencies and also written to the
Director-General of the Department of State Services using the Senate’s letterhead to solicit for recruitment slots for a number of persons into the service. Suspecting foul play, Senator Abbo, representing
Adamawa North Senatorial District at the National Assembly, contacted the police, who
swooped on Zaman’s apartment in the Garki area
of Abuja; arrested him and recovered
Luck ran out on him when the DSS
replied directly to Senator Abbo, stating that the
agency was not recruiting and that if the need
arose, he would be contacted.
The senator said “I received a call
from the DSS Headquarters in response to the
purported letter I sent asking for recruitment
“They said there was no such exercise now but
that when recruitment starts they would contact me through the Senate Committee Chairman on
“So, I petitioned the police officially, who
eventually discovered from my PA acknowledged
copies of letters sent with my forged signatures. “I was alarmed because I have never sent any
such request; not to the DSS or any government agency.
Zaman, who is being held at the Guzape District Police Station in the Federal Capital Territory, was alleged to have defrauded a woman to the
tune of N2m in 2019.