By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Osun State Command, has arrested a 26-year-old fake herbalist, Adeyemo Mufutau for allegedly duping people under the guise of possessing spiritual powers to solve their problems.
The suspect was arrested alongside a 27-year-old man, Oladehi Hezekiah, and paraded at the command headquarters, Osogbo.
Commandant of NSCDC in the state, Ocheja Emmanuel, while parading them disclosed that the suspects would call members of the public and later compelled them to send money.
Ocheja said: “On Monday 17th January, 2022, officers of NSCDC at Ile-Ife arrested two suspects who indulge in the illicit business of calling members of the public on the telephone, pretending as old men/herbalist to defraud them.
“They will send fake recharge cards to people, then call the receiver that the person should help return the card, and afterwards introduce one baba/herbalist as the person intending to send the recharge card to his son.
“They will say the baba wants to specially thank anybody who send the recharge card back to them and in the process introduce themselves as an old man/herbalist who will like to reciprocate their kind gesture, by offering to help them solve their problems.”
Speaking with newsmen after the parade, Mufutau said he ventured into the illicit business due to financial difficulty.
He confessed to have swindle many people, adding that his last victim was a woman who wanted her business to boom.
“I learnt furniture making after my secondary school but when I didn’t get money to start up my own shop, I decided to engage in illegal activities.
“I was into Yahoo Yahoo business before I learnt the act of obtaining money fraudulently through a brother who reside beside my house in Ile-Ife.
“I’ve known Hezekiah since childhood and we do the business together. What we normally do is to call our victims on phone and pretend as an old herbalist man who can solve their problems.
“My last victim wanted her business to boom and I told her to send money to my account promising to prepare a charm that will attract more customers to her shop,” he said.