Local fraudsters who told a woman they needed money to buy a baby to wash phones for her have been arrested.
Five local fraudsters popularly called 'Wash-Wash', Adeola Oladele, Friday Philip, Israel Ibe, Oyewole Thompson, and Onyebuchi Godwin, have been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command after they defrauded a 26-year-old woman, Chiamaka Anusim, of several thousands of naira including telling her to pay N40, 000 so they could buy a new born baby as part of items they needed to wash millions of dollars for her, the New Telegraph reports.
According to the reports, Anusim who said she fell into the trap of the gang when Thompson first to hoodwink her, added that the conmen who operates in Ajegunle area of the state, told her that the week-old baby would be used to cleanse some imported phones which they wanted to give her to sell.
The suspects were arrested at Oko Baba Sule, off Wilma Street, Olodi, Apapa, where they have their hideout and several denominations of fake US dollars, British Pounds and naira and four mobile phones were recovered from them.
“I gave Thompson my ATM card. He went to the nearest bank and withdrew N40,000. The next day, I went there, he collected my ATM card again and withdrew N70,000.
The third time I went for the phones to be given to me, he collected N60,000 from me. When I asked further when he would give me the products, he asked me to come with another N40,000, a roll of white handkerchief, a walking stick and three live fowls.
He said the items would be used to do some rituals before the products could be given to me. He said N40,000 was to be used to procure a week-old baby to concoct the charm.”
Thompson, who said it was greed and unemployment that forced him to join the gang, said they had 15 members with each mandated to lure a victim every week.
“We are 15 members and we used to split ourselves into groups whenever we wanted to go on operation. We usually operate around Boundary Market and Marine Beach, all in Apapa.
Those are the places we look for victims. All we do is just to talk and convince victims that we are genuine.
We will ask them to bring some Nigerian money, which we would promise to either change into US dollars or British pounds. Toronto is the leader of our syndicate. People like Ifeanyi, Emeka, Bobo and Onyibo head different groups.”