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Money ritual: Fake herbalist defrauds Lagos banker of N2.5m

By Evelyn Usman

A fake herbalist, yesterday, made a startling revelation of how a staff of one of the new generation banks approached him for money ritual. Vanguard gathered that the suspect, Seyi Ade, a holder of the Ordinary National Diploma, OND, in Business Administration, of the Ibadan Polytechnic, collected N2.5 million from the banker to prepare the concoction two months ago.

Seyi Ade and his tools of trade.
Seyi Ade and his tools of trade.

However, trouble started after the concoction failed to yield expected results, following which the banker called in the Police. During investigation, he confessed to be a fake herbalist. In an interview with Vanguard at Lagos State Police Command, the suspect, whose fetish substances were displayed, said: “I was initiated as a herbalist in 2011, after I was duped as a clearing agent.

“One of my clients was Lekan, a banker. He later approached me for money ritual and after discussing with some of my colleagues, they said I should collect N2.5 million from him.“I prepared a soap and instructed him to put it under a box until the next day. I told him he would find the exact amount on the left side when he goes to check the next day.

“I knew it would not work. I only wanted to extort him. When he started disturbing me with phone calls, I stopped using that phone and relocated to another area in Ijebu-Ode. “I was arrested by men of the Rapid Response Squad in Ijebu-Ode. I regret my action. I only wanted to make quick money. Besides, I shared the amount with five other colleagues. I only got N500,000 as my share.” Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said the suspect would be charged to court.

 


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