By Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
Ogun State Police Command on Monday arrested three self acclaim-ed Islamic clerics who specialized in swindling the unsuspecting members of the public of their hard earned money as well as having unlawful carnal knowledge of their female victims.
The suspects, according to statement from spokesman of the state police command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, are Aliu Abdulfatai aged 50, 36 years old Sule Adebayo and Lekan Olokodana aged 31.
They were said to have been arrested following a report by one of their female victims (Name withheld) who reported at Adigbe police station that she was duped of the sum of #70,000 by the suspects, while 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 want to use for construction of their mosque.
The suspects were said to have later introduced the issue of special prayer to their victim after which they concocted a story around seeing a vision that the victim was under a spell which needs special deliverance prayer to cast out.
The alleged fraudsters were said to have used this ploy to fraudulently obtained the sum of N70,000 from her after they lured her into their house where one of them forcefully raped her.
The DPO Adigbe division CSP Augustine Opadile, on the strength of this report was said to have 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 for while one of them escaped.
The suspects during interogation were said to have confessed being fraudsters and that had 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.