A criminal hideout portrayed as a shrine, but used as an avenue to swindle unsuspecting members of the public, have been discovered in Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, the police have disclosed.
Busting the shrine, which was on information, a septuagenarian and seven other members of a syndicate, who used the shrine as their source of livelihood, were arrested.
Crimepuzzle gathered that a security conscious resident in the community where the shrine is located, became suspicious of goings-on in the shrine and alerted the Ago-Iwoye Police Division, prompting the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), CSP Ade Adedoyin, to detail his men on the onerous task of trailing and tracking the fraudsters
Their efforts payed off on January 11, 2019 with the arrest of the eight members of the syndicate.
Confirming the development, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said: “The suspects were apprehended and taken to Ago-Iwoye Police Divisional Headquarters, where they were interrogated and confessed to be fraudsters, adding that, they posed as spiritualists to their victims, with enormous powers of cleansing all sorts of problems. With this, many have been defrauded in millions”.
The police spokesman gave the names of the suspects as Abiodun Bamgbopa, 72; Olashile Raheem, 35; Nureni Raheem, 32; Raphael Joseph, 24; Ganiu Olawale, 24; Adenubi Semiu; 25, Mustapha Lukman, 39 and, Raimi Ramoni, 42,
“Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered a thorough investigation into the activities of the syndicate, whom he said should be charged to a court of competent jurisdiction as soon as the investigation is completed. He equally advised members of the public to beware of the antics of fraudsters pretending to be spiritualists”, Oyeyemi added.