Two herbalists who allegedly defrauded one Rahaman Ogundele of N20 million, under the pretext of providing spiritual solution to his ailing business, have been remanded by an Ilorin Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
The suspects who are facing a four-count charge of criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, cheating and intimidation, conspired with five others now at large to hypnotise the victim and defrauded him of N20 million.
The Police Prosecutor, Insp. Mathew Ologbonsaye told the court the accused persons, collected the money under the pretext of helping the victim to spiritually revive his business.
“But immediately the accused persons collected the money from the victim sometime in April 2017, they took him to a shrine, where he was threatened.
“They threatened him not to tell anyone about what transpired between them or he will die,’’ he said.
NAN reported that the Chief Magistrate, Kudirat Yahya, ordered that the accused persons, Toyin Olawoyin and Rasaq Ayuba, be remanded at the Mondala Prison in Ilorin until May 31, the next adjourned date, following the offences which contravene sections 97, 312, 322 and 309 of the Penal Code.
This is coming after it was also reported that the Police arraigned a 43-year-old herbalist, Adeniyi Adewunmi, before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court in Lagos for allegedly obtaining N190 million from one Lawrence Akanbi on the pretext of curing him of his ailment and protecting him from spiritual attacks.
The defendant and others still at large faced trial on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, fraud and stealing brought against them by the Police.
The prosecutor, Friday Mameh, told the court that the incident occurred at Ajao Estate, Oshodi, Lagos. Mameh said “it all started sometime in February 2016, when the defendant and others still at large approached Akanbi and confirmed to him all the ailments he was suffering from with a promise to cure him with their herbs, if only he could pay certain amount of money.
“Akanbi instantly believed them because they were able to mysteriously tell his ailments. This continued for quite a long time with the herbalists asking for more money each time.
“In some cases, Akanbi would have to travel all the way to Ekiti to pay the requested amount of money, totalling N190 million.
“As he wasn’t getting any better, Akanbi discovered he was being duped. So when the defendant, Adewunmi, returned to Ajao Estate to collect another sum of money, he held him and called the Police.”