By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Men of the Ogun state police command on Thursday in connection with members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and local vigilante on Thursday busted fraudsters hideout in Ijebu Ode.
They arrested four members of a fraud syndicate, who defrauded a 26-years-old lady, Imoleayo Ashade of over N1.3 million in Ijebu – Ode area after hypnotizing her.
The four suspects were arrested when the police, in a joint operation with members of OPC and local Vigilance Group, stormed a forest at Ijagun area in the neighbourhood of Ijebu – Ode township where the shrine of the fraudsters was located.
The suspects Salau Taiwo, Ifakunle Adeyemi, Tajudeen Jimoh and Adebayo Akeem were also said to be engaging in international currencies washing which included pound Sterling, Dollar, and Euro.
Speaking with journalists, Imoleayo Ashade, who is a Business Administration graduate and awaiting NYSC’s mobilization from the Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, Ijebu – Igbo, headquarters of Ijebu North Local Government, said the suspects lured her to believe that they could assist her with charms to boost her petty trading.
Items recovered from the shrine included a box containing various denominations of fake foreign currencies, assorted charms and the sum of N1.3 million which they allegedly collected from the victim fraudulently, while immoveable effigies were also spotted at various locations within the shrine.
The Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, who conducted journalists round the scene of the crime yesterday when he made an on-the-spot assessment of the shrine, said that the suspects were arrested after their victim, Ashade had lodged a complaint at the Awa – Ijebu division of the police.
The CP explained that the victim was accosted in December 2020 by two members of the syndicate, who “appealed to her for assistance because they were stranded and had nowhere to stay for the night”.
Ajogun further explained that after successfully hypnotising and establishing a friendship with the lady, the suspects later lured her into their hideout where they made her to swear to an oath of secrecy before duping her to the sum of N1.31million.
While assuring that the suspects would be charged to court after investigation, Ogun CP, however, reiterated that the state would not be a conducive place to carry out any form of criminal enterprise under whatever guise.