Herbalist ‘defrauds’ cab driver of N4m
A taxi driver seeking charms to boost patronage has allegedly lost N4million to a herbalist, David Abiodun.
The victim, Adebayo Omoniyi, 38, lost the money to the herbalist, who promised to prepare a charm that would attract rich and famous clients to him.
Abiodun was arrested by operatives of the zonal Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (ZCIID), Onikan.
It was gathered that the operatives apprehended him in his shrine at Atan, Sango, Ogun State, last Thursday.
According to the police, the Omu-Aran, Kwara State indigene allegedly collected N350,000 from the victim as first installment, but Abiodun denied the allegation.
The police said: “The herbalist said after working for one Kazeem, he introduced his friend, the cab operator to him for assistance with Favour charm to boost his transport business and connect him to wealthy people in the society that can make him rich.
“After a month, he prepared soap and some other concoctions for him, but the driver came back and accused him of fraud. He said the driver claimed what he gave him did not work as expected. He was not the first person he prepared charms for.”
In his statement to the police, Abiodun admitted he was a herbalist and that he learnt the trade from his late grandmother.
He said: “I was a barber before I started the herbalist job. Since I started the herbalist work I have not prepared money ritual for people, what I do is to assist those in need of favour and some other aspects.
“I was surprised when I was told that I collected four million naira from the cab driver. The tortoise that was recovered from my shrine and the candle inside bottled water were meant for someone. I don’t prepare money ritual for people.”
Zonal spokesperson, Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent of Police (SP) said the suspect dressed like an old man and presented himself as herbalist.
She said: “The suspect puts on costume to deceive people that he was a herbalist. He collected four million naira from the victim. The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Adamu Ibrahim has said that the suspect be charged to court at the completion of investigation”