•Arrest two brothers for duping biz man
By Evelyn Usman
The Rivers State Police Command have spread their dragnet in search of fake prophets that have been duping unsuspecting members of the public of large sums of money and their hard-earned properties.
Recently, detectives in the command arrested two brothers that operate under the guise of being ‘God’s men’ to dupe a business man in the state.
Police sources said a resident of the State who had fallen prey to one of the false prophets, was one Mr. Umejiego, a Director of a private firm who was lured into a false scheme through his wife by the operator of a Church named ‘Favour Anointing Ministry’, situated at No. 74A, Ojoto Lane, Mile 3, Diobu, Port Harcourt, being operated by one prophet who goes by the name of Victory Ibe.
According to the sources, after being arrested by the Police, Ibe confessed to been a perpetual dupe and that he has always had in his possession, a pro-forma change of ownership which he uses to make people part with their properties. In the case of Mr. Umejiego, he (Ibe) instructed that a Toyota Land Cruiser, V8 be sown as seed by the former. He, thereafter, produced a change of ownership which was promptly signed by the unsuspecting victim, who immediately handed over the original documents to him together with the vehicle.
“Unfortunately for the fake prophet, the said vehicle was involved in a serious motor accident with the ‘prophet’ in it. Surprisingly, the self-acclaimed prophet also ‘prophesied’ that the same victim should part with the sum of N200,000.00 to neutralize a curse placed on him and his household. The victim complied with the instruction and paid the ‘prophet’ the sum of N90,000.00 on February 7, 2014, which he told his victim will be donated to an orphanage.
The State Command Police spokesman, Ahmad K. Muhammad, DSP, who confirmed the story lamente that the fraudsters masquerading as prophets are on the loose and prey on the gullible members of the public through the use of false prophesy and divine pronouncements.
He stated that as at the time of his arrest, the supposed man of God was still in possession of the said amount of money stating that the fake prophet alongside his brother, one Apostle Austin Ibe who acts as his Assistant prophet, have been apprehended by the Police and both of them will be charged to court at the appropriate time.