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Specialists 'Babalawo, 5 others nabbed for serial 'Okada' theft

A herbalist whose stock in trade was to fortify robbers has been nabbed alongside some motorcycle snatchers.

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A herbalist shrine play

A herbalist shrine

(Daily Post)

A popular 'babalawo' (herbalist), in Ore town of Ondo State, Rasaki Oyeyemi, as well as five other suspects involved in a criminal gang of 'Okada' (motorcycle) snatchers, has been arrested by police detectives in the state, following intelligence report.

The suspected ring leader of the gang, Tunde Adeyemi, according to the police, had been on the wanted list for years and was picked up at his hideout at Asewele Korode, area of the town by a team of detectives while the others were arrested at various locations including Lagos and Ogun States. They are John Patrick of Majidun, Ikorodu, Lagos State, Adebayo Abiodun of Idobi Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, Azeez Odunayo and Ohoya Ojo both of Asewele Korode, and Kunle Robert of Ajegunle Street, Ondo.

The suspects revealed that Rasaki, was their 'spiritual backer' whom they consulted for fortification before embarking on any of their operations.

Police source said Rasaki had confessed that one of the suspects contacted him to be part of the gang and be supporting them 'spiritually.'

The suspects modus operandi included robbing owners of the motorcycles after luring them to a lonely place late at night under the guise of chartering them for a mouth watering fares.

It was also learned that the gang also go to ceremonies and steal motorcycles parked by owners after which they would change the plat numbers and sell to unsuspecting members of the public.

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