The ‘witches’ who claimed to have descended from ‘heaven’ reportedly said they needed money to fly back to ‘heaven’
Policemen attached to the Ogun State police command have arrested four suspected fraudsters at their hideout located at Omusorin village in Obafemi-Owode local government area of the state.
The suspects identified as Shehu Salam, Risikat Oriyomi, Sola Babalola and a physically challenged man, Wasiu Ajani were alleged to have duped a couple of N14.5m.
The fifth suspect identified as Baba Awotola, who is believed to be the ring leader of the gang ran away when men of the Special Anti-robbery Squad closed in on them.
According to PM News, one of the suspects, Ajani, who claimed to be an Islamic cleric lured the couple who are rice merchants.
Ajani used the name of a late popular Islamic cleric from Offa, Kwara state, Sheik Bulala, to catch his victims.
“Ajani also told them to buy some measure of salt and give it as alms to three beggars. He later told the husband to buy a local egg, pray with them and return them to him. He later used the egg as a bait to lure the couple to their den, where they began to swindle them”, the State Police Commissioner quoted what Ajani had revealed to him.
It was further gathered that Ajani got the man’s wife mobile line and called them to bring the eggs to their den for special prayer.
They confessed that the gang used the women in their gang, Risiqat and Sola, as ‘white witches’, who claimed to offer prayers to ward off evils.
The ‘witches’ who claimed to have descended from ‘heaven’ reportedly said they needed money to fly back to ‘heaven’.
While speaking with journalists, Ajani said, he got the information about the couple from their wanted leader, Baba Awotola.
According to him, “It was Baba Awotola who introduced me to this shady business. He asked me whether I want to die as a wretched man. He was the one who gave the information that the couple had a problem and that they are a bit comfortable. He promised me a car and a sum of N300,000, but he only gave me and Shehu N100,000 each,” Ajani narrated.
The state Commissioner of Police, Okoye Ikemefuna, however warned residents to be wary of fraudsters, who parade themselves as clerics.
He urged people to report any shady activities they notice in their communities to the police.
Okoye confirmed that the suspects had confessed to the crime as investigation is still ongoing about the matter while efforts are in top gear to apprehend the fleeing ring leader.