An herbalist David Abiodun in Ogun state has just been arrested by the Lagos state police for duping a taxi driver of N4 million which was meant for boosting customer patronage.
According to the victim who was identified as 38-year-old Adebayo Omoniyi, revealed that he lost such a huge amount to the herbalist who promised to help prepare a charm that would only attract rich people to his taxi business.
Unfortunately, on receiving the money, the herbalist took to his heels but was arrested by the zonal Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID), Onikan, Lagos, who revealed that the herbalist first collected N350,000 from the cab driver but he denied it.
Abiodun was reported to have been apprehended in his shrine at Atan, Sango Ota, Ogun state before being brought to Lagos.
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.”
Speaking on the incident, the herbalist disclosed to the police that he learnt the trade from his grandmother and added that he was surprised when he was told he collected N4m from a cab driver.
Abiodun 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.”
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Also confirming this report is the Lagos state police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Dolapo Badmos, who disclosed that the man deceived people by dressing like an old man. She added that he collected the huge sum of money from the victim and would be charged to court after the investigation.
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