An Ilorin Chief Magistrate`s Court on Monday remanded Isiaka Akanbi 31, of Oloko- nla Adeta Ilorin, Ajibola Stephen 27, of Oja-Iya Ilorin, Alfa Suleiman Adigun 42, of Oke-Mission, Ejigbo Osun State and Ojetunde Olubodun 22, of Saki Oyo State for allegedly defrauding Ahmed Mumini of Onikoko Idigba, Adeta Ilorin Kwara State.
The prosecutor, Balkeez Adu informed the court that in a petition written by the plaintiff, Ahmed Mumini on May 9, addressed to the Commissioner of Police Kwara State, the plaintiff alleged that sometime in January, one of the accused persons Isiaka Akanbi deceived him under the pretext to assist him financially to boost his artisan business.
He said unknown to him Akanbi had conspired with Ajibola Stephen who prepared him concoction substance to drink.
After taking the substance, along with incantations, he allegedly loss his memory. In the process, he also took him to Alfa Suleimam Adigun where N538,000 was collected from the victim and another sum of N394,500.00 was also collected from him by Ojetunde Olubodun.
Olubodun however, directed the victim to bring human skull for rituals, however, not quit long afterwards the victim regained his memory and promptly reported the matter to the police.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
Prosecutor Balkeez said the accused are arraigned in court on a two-count charge: criminal conspiracy and cheating contrary to section 97 and 322 of penal code law section 1 (3) of advanced fraud, cap A6 Laws of Nigeria.
“The issue of fraud and cheating is becoming rampant in our society which needs to be seriously dealt with in order to curb the menace.
The case is not bailable and the police investigation is still in progress, hence the need for additional time to get more facts; this is why we want the accused persons to remain in court custody,” prosecutor said.
Magistrate N.K. Ajide agreed with the submission of the prosecutor and approved the remand of accused persons and adjourned the case to June 17 for ruling.