By: Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Men of Ogun State Police Command on Monday 16th of September 2019 arrested 3 self acclaimed Islamic clerics who specialized in swindling the unsuspecting members of the public of their hard earned money as well as having unlawful carnal knowledge of their female victims.
The suspects Aliu Abdulfatai male 50 years old, Sule Adebayo male 36 years and Lekan Olokodana male 31 years were arrested following a report by one of their female victims (Name withheld) who reported at Adigbe police station that she was duped of the sum of #70,000 by the suspects, while one of them also forcefully had carnal knowledge of her against her wish.
The complainant who is a marketer with a popular property/Real estate company was said to be on marketing assignment when she came across the suspects who claimed to be Islamic clerics and indicated interest in purchasing large expanse of land which they claimed they want to use for construction of their mosque.
There and then, they introduced the issue of special prayer to their victim from where they came out with seeing a vision that the victim is under a spell which needs special deliverance prayer to cast out. As a result of this, they succeeded in fraudulently obtained the sum of #70,000 from her after they lured her into their house where one of them forcefully raped her.
On the strength of her complain, the DPO Adigbe division CSP Augustine Opadile detailed his detectives to go after these hoodlums and bring them to justice. Their efforts paid off when three amongst them were apprehended while waiting for the victim to bring money they demanded for, and one of them escaped.
On interrogation, they confessed being fraudsters and that has been their means of livelihood. It was also revealed that one of them has used the proceed of their fraudulent act to build a private school in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Bashir Makama has ordered a full scale investigation into the activities of these hoodlums with the view to charge them to court as soon as possible.