A Muslim cleric is in the police net for allegedly taking part in a N30m fraud.
A Lagos based Imam, Abdullateef Abubakar, has been arrested by men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad for defrauding an Abuja-based business man to the tune of N30m.
Abdullateef Abubakar who was arrested at Adeniji Adele, Lagos State, has been accused of conniving with two other suspects at large to dupe a certain Olalekan Adeshina.
According to a Punch report, Olalekan Adeshina had been consulting the Imam who lives at Binuyo Street, Ita-Faaji area of Lagos the state for special prayers since 2012.
Adeshina in February 2014 consulted Abdullateef Abubakar to help him prepare money ritual, but the Imam rejected the job and introduced Adeshina to a local priest who lived in Ibafor, Ogun State.
The priest in Ibafor charged Adeshina the sum of N200, 000 for the task and he paid the sum of N30, 000 upfront before agreeing to meet in Abuja in December 2014.
After the local priest failed to show up for the meeting, Adeshina realised that he had been duped and rushed down to the priest’s house in Ibafo only to find out that he has packed out from the house.
Adeshina reported the case to the police who arrested the Imam, Abubakar, who first introduced Adeshina to the local priest.
Abdullateef Abubakar was arrested on Friday, January 9.
The FSARS’s Public Relations Officer, Lekan Ogundare, ha also revealed that investigation into the case had revealed that the complainant was actually duped, with Abubakar being the mastermind.
He said the suspect would be released on bail if he could produce two qualified sureties.
“We are ready to release the suspect on bail if he can get two sureties who are worth the money. Meanwhile, we are still on the trail of the fleeing suspects,” Lekan Ogundare.