Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How Fraudsters Pretending To Be Clerics Swindled Couple Of N14.5m

The Ogun State Police Command yesterday, paraded four members of a fraud syndicate which allegedly duped a couple of N14.5 million.

The couple were told by the fraudsters to give them N20,000 to ward off the looming evil before them, but they ended up paying N14.5 million in three tranches before the fraudsters were arrested.

The suspects are Shehu Salam, 40; Risikat Oriyomi,47; Sola Babalola 38 and Wasiu Ajani, 35, who is physically challenged, were  arrested on Monday in their den located at Omusorin village in Obafemi/Owode Local Government Area of the state.


The fifth suspect, who is said to be the ring leader, one Baba Awotola, fled when men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad stormed their operational base.

It was gathered that Ajani, a native of Ilorin, Kwara State, who claimed to be an Islamic cleric, got the couple into the net of the syndicate through  the couple’s family friend.

The state Police Commissioner, Mr Ikemefuna Okoye, who conducted newsmen round the fraudster’s shrine in a dilapidated house which doubled as their operational base, yesterday, said the syndicate used Ajani to lure the couple, who are rice merchants in Lagos State.

Ikemefuna said Ajani used the name of a late popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Bulala, to hoodwink the victims.

The commissioner explained that Ajani on the fateful day dressed in Islamic cassock and hung about nine different praying rosaries on his neck, accosted the couple around Owode Onirin, Lagos, and gave them a revelation of a  looming trouble  before them which must be warded off through one of special prayers.

He said: “The suspect also told them to buy a measure of salt and give it as alms to three beggars. He later told the husband to buy a local egg and use it to pray, circling it around his head three times.”

According to him, Ajani later used the egg as a bait to lure the couple to their den, where they began to swindle them.

“He got the wife’s telephone number, and through it, he called the couple to bring the egg to their den for a special prayer,” Okoye said.

The couple, who pleaded anonymity because of their position in the society, said the syndicate under the pretence of warding off the evil before them collected N14.5 million in three instalments from them.


Involvement of ‘white witches’


According to the couple, the syndicate used the two women, Risiqat and Sola as “white witches” who claimed to offer prayers to ward off evils.

The ‘witches’ who claimed to have descended from  ‘heaven’ reportedly said they needed money to fly back.


We got only N100,000 each —Suspect


Speaking with newsmen, Ajani said he got the   information about the couple from the fleeing Baba Awotola.

He said: “It was Baba Awotola who introduced me to this shady business. He asked me whether I want to die a wretched man.

He was the one who gave the information that the couple had a problem and that they were a bit comfortable. He promised me a car and N300,000, but he only gave me and Shehu N100,000 each.”


Ikemefuna warned residents to be wary of fraudsters who parade themselves as clerics.

21 comments:

  1. Soon some guys will say it's only pastors who indulge in things like this

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    1. They descended from heaven and need money to fly back..... LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Tears*

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    2. I lost close to 2 Million due to set up by a friend from this act.

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  2. They will all claim it was the devil that pushed them to commit the crime

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  3. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge

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  4. Na wah o! The bible says we should not be ignorant of the devices of the enemy and we should watch and pray.

    Meanwhile... some of these fraudsters (if not most) are diabolical! some of the instructions they give you do not have biblical backing (I don't know about the Quran) but cuz of fear and maybe "jazz" some still go ahead! It is sad that some people capitulate on the terrible things other people go thru and use it against them. I'm happy the law caught up with them. What exactly do they think they can use the money for and it'll prosper! What?! Ha! Some even spend the money on their children or business and expect 'em to flourish! I hope they make them pay for it big time!

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  5. I hope they get sentenced to a longer jail term

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  6. How stupid can some Nigerian be

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  7. An Alfa who cannot see beyond his nose wants to tell me what the future holds for me? Rubbish. Nigerians are so naive.

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  8. Some Nigerians can be so gullible and naive

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  9. Lying and cheating in the name of God. God punish satan uncountable times

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  11. Why is it that Ogun state is full of evil people………..Yoruba thing….. Tufiakwa

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  12. Wondering why some people are foolish

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  13. Who is a true man of God? There are too many fraudsters who parade themselves as clerics. Lord will surely protect his name

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  14. They are here in abuja oh in kubwa around nysc and green plaza went to the my uncle to the mechanic b for I know one alpha came that he saw great blessings and also an evil I should give salt bla bla to begers I should also call their fatter in ilorin that his an old. Cleric I suspect a fowl play when he later said he came to pray for some one in abj ........His going back to ilorin ....but as we were speaking 2other alpha walked passed in same uniform he wore and waved at him smiling hahaha then I knew 419.and soon as the mechanic came he saw the alpha. ...The alpha started running the mechanic now told me they a
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  15. They are here in abuja oh in kubwa around nysc and green plaza went to the my uncle to the mechanic b for I know one alpha came that he saw great blessings and also an evil I should give salt bla bla to begers I should also call their fatter in ilorin that his an old. Cleric I suspect a fowl play when he later said he came to pray for some one in abj ........His going back to ilorin ....but as we were speaking 2other alpha walked passed in same uniform he wore and waved at him smiling hahaha then I knew 419.and soon as the mechanic came he saw the alpha. ...The alpha started running the mechanic now told me they a
    re 419

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  16. Abeg pple shud b careful wt al ds false prophet dt make u feel dey av ur life in dei r hand.imagine a pastor teln u authoritatively u mst pay ur 1st fruit offern 2 me it ws my church dt helpd u its nt GOD Again.evri1 cn communicate wt God all u av 2 do is stay away 4rm sin pray ad faith.u dnt av 2 kip chasing al d pastors in lagos.pple shud b wise d days r evil

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  17. Abeg pple shud b careful wt al ds false prophet dt make u feel dey av ur life in dei r hand.imagine a pastor teln u authoritatively u mst pay ur 1st fruit offern 2 me it ws my church dt helpd u its nt GOD Again.evri1 cn communicate wt God all u av 2 do is stay away 4rm sin pray ad faith.u dnt av 2 kip chasing al d pastors in lagos.pple shud b wise d days r evil

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