Two suspected fraudsters, Adamu Oseni, 46, of Gaa-Shenii, Marafa-Oja and Kazeem Abdulsalakm, 54, of Iganlu, Onilu compound, Omu-Aran, Kwara state who allegedly duped a contractor of N6.1m under pretext of performing a spiritual rite that would enable him secure a contract he vied for had been arraigned before an Ilorin Magistrates’ Court.
The accused were said to have lured the victim to their shrine where they turned water into Nigerian and foreign currencies, after which they collected a sum of N6.1 m from him.
The accused were arraigned on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretence and fraud, contrary to Sections 96 of the Penal Code Law, 1 and 2B of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences, Act 2006.
The accused were arrested following a complaint on March 24, 2018 at the Intelligence and investigation Department of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ilorin by one Mumeen Abdulraman of Alagbon Compound, OKe-Adini, Ilorin, Kwara state that the accused swindled him of N6.1m.
According to the victim, sometimes in January, 2018 one Kafayat a.k.a Iya Ishola introduced Sanni (first accused) to him and he then sought for spiritual assistance from Sanni on a contract he intended to execute at Ajegunle, Lagos State.
The victim stated that on getting to Sanni he was surprised when he was given a bowl containing water in which different currencies of both naira and dollars appeared.
The victim stated further that the accused told him to come back the following day with a sum of N150,000 and threatened him that he will die if he ever informed anybody about the deal.
The victim added that the accused took him to a shrine at Eleyo, along Ojoku in Afon axis of Asa LGA, Kwara state where the accused allegedly collected approximately a sum of N6.1 million.
According to the First Information Report (FIR), investigation by the Investigation Department of the NSCDC, Ilorin revealed that through the confessional statement of the accused that a sum of $800 was collected by the accused and shared it among themselves.
The FIR added that further investigation revealed the accused criminally conspired and duped the victim under the guise of helping him to secure the contact he was vying for.
The prosecutor, Silas Bode of the Legal Department, NSCDC, Ilorin informed the court that investigation into the case was yet to be completed and urged the court to adjourn the case till further date to enable the NSCDC carry out detailed investigation into the matter.
The magistrate, Mrs. Mercy Adebola, admitted the accused to bail each at the sum of N500,000 and two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till May 26 for further mention.