Men of Ogun State Police Command on Monday have arrested three self acclaimed Islamic clerics who specialise in swindling unsuspecting members of the public of their hard earned money as well as having unlawful carnal knowledge of their female victims.
The suspects include 50 years old Aliu Abdulfatai , Sule Adebayo who is 36 and 31 years old Lekan Olokodana who were arrested following a report by one of their female victims who wished to remain anonymous.
The victim who reported the incidence at Adigbe police station said she was duped of the sum of N70,000 by the suspects. According to her, 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 wanted 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 obtaining the sum of N70,000 from her after they lured her into their house where one of them 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. Meanwhile, one of them escaped.
On interrogation, they confessed being fraudsters and that the act 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.