The Ogun State Police command have arrested a lawyer identified as Kayode Oshiyemi alongside six others, for conniving to fraudulently extort N250 million from a businessman, Shakirudeen Olufowobi.
The arrest of the lawyer and his gang members came after the businessman petitioned the police, alleging that the lawyer and some hoodlums were after his life. According to him, the suspect had made several attempts to make him part with millions of naira, but after he failed he perfected a plan with the hoodlums to rope him in a case he knew nothing about or get him kidnapped for ransom.
The police spokesperson in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi who spoke to newsmen, said an investigation was launched following the petition. He added that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ahmed Iliyasu, directed the officer in charge of FSARS, Uba Adam, to conduct an investigation.
“In compliance with the CP’s order, the outfit embarked on a technical-based investigation and also technically monitored the activities of the said lawyer.”
The outcome of the investigation include a tape, in which the lawyer and the others were heard planning to use any possible means to make the businessman cough out N250 million. Other suspects arrested include Adeborode Ogunlaja, Sodiq Owolabi, Abolaji Alabi, Mukaila Abolaji, Abiodun Adebayo and Abolaji Adebola.
“On interrogation, Mukaila Abolaji narrated how the lawyer in collaboration with Adeborode Ogunlaja lured him into the plan to fraudulently extort money from the complainant and how the money will be shared among them, stating that he reluctantly keyed in to the plan because of the amount of money involved.
“In his own statement, Abiodun Adebayo who regretted knowing the lawyer, accused him of once using him to profess a fake miracle in a crusade organised by one of his pastor friends where he was asked to tie a live tortoise on his chest and come out while the crusade is going on to confess been a strong member of an occultist group who is disturbed by the pastor’s prayer.”
According to Oyeyemi, the suspects will be charged to court, as soon as the investigation was concluded.