The Special Fraud Unit of Nigerian Police in its continuous clampdown on fraudsters has nabbed some swindlers who parade themselves as Muslim clerics to defraud innocent members of the public their hard earned money.
The petitioner alleged that sometime in October 2011, one Lawal Suleiman collected his goods (fireworks) valued at N13, 320, 750.00 with the promise to pay as soon as the goods were delivered. That the goods were delivered successfully but the suspect refused to pay.
He further stated that on 18th June, 2012, he got a message from the suspects elder brother who informed him that his brother was swindled by some fraudsters at Ilorin, Kwara State. The fraudsters are Fatai Bamidele and Lateef Ahmed.
Fatai Bamidele, 34 year old hail from Irepodun Local Govt. area of Kwara State. He claimed to be a Muslim cleric who normally assists Lawal Suleiman in his spiritual life. He stated that Lawal Suleiman came to him to seek special assistance concerning the bad dream he had and also that he needed more power and more money.
This request for more money prompted him to introduce him to one Alhaji Lateef Ahmed in Ilorin who happens to be his master and superior.
Lateef Ahmed, 45 year old is from Kwara State. He attended primary school education and later went to an Islamic school to become an Imam. He collaborated with Fatai that Lawal needed protection and more money to be rich. He informed Lawal that they have two types of money rituals, (i) The one brought by ghost, (ii) the one from daily contribution.
Lawal opted for daily contribution and the sum amounting Ten Million Naira (N10m) has been obtained from him so far before police swooped on them.
During investigation, it was discovered that out of the Ten million Naira (N10m) Lateef gave Bamidele Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N2.5m) while he took the remaining Seven Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N7.5m). Bamidele used his money to by one infinity Jeep valued at One Million, Four Hundred Thousand Naira (1.4m) while the balance was used to complete his house.
Alhaji Lateef Ahmed bought Windstar ford valued at One Million, Four Hundred Thousand Naira (1.4m) and used the remaining balance to renovate his house and take care of his family needs.
Operatives from the Unit conducted search warrants in Alhaji Lateef house and shrine located at Ilorin, Kwara State where assorted charms and juju were recovered.
Investigation is on-going; suspects will be arraigned in court soonest.
The Commissioner of Police, Special Fraud Unit, CP Tunde Ogunsakin uses this medium to warn members of the public to desist from being desperate to get rich quick, as they may fall victim into the hands of scammers who are on the prowl.