Crime fraud Nigeria

Reps ticket: Herbalists dupe Ekiti politician of N24m

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Tuesday said it had arrested two self-proclaimed spiritualists for defrauding an aspiring House of Representatives member in Ekiti State of N24,071,000.

It said the men, Alfa Abiodun Ibrahim and Wale Adifala, alongside one Ifawole Ajibola (aka Baba Kalifa currently on the run), obtained the money under the pretext of fortifying him spiritually to boost his political ambition

EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said in statement that Ibrahim and Adifala were arrested on July 7 by operatives of its Lagos command in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

It reads: “They were arrested on July 7, 2022, in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, following a petition against them, alleging that after collecting the said sum, the whole efforts came to a dead end.

“Under interrogation by operatives, Adifala, admitted to collecting the sums of money from their victim, including N2.9 million, which he claimed was used to buy black, brown and white cows, rams, lavender perfume, rings among other items, to carry out sacrifices at different times.”

The statement quoted Adifala as saying “I also linked up on the matter with Ifawole Ajibola, and we continued with the sacrifices together, until we were arrested by EFCC.”

The EFCC further alleged that Ibrahim, who was the one who had prior contact with the victim, admitted collecting money at different times.

“Our own is just to pray and do the necessary sacrifices, which we did, and to leave the rest to God. However, along the line, the zoning for the Reps seat was taken away from Oye-Ekiti to Ikole-Ekiti,” Ibrahim was quoted as saying.

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The EFCC said they were arrested “along with some of their instruments of trade,” and would soon be arraigned.

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