Herbalist defrauds businessman seeking boom of N4.7m

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Five suspected herbalists have been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly swindling a businessman out of N 4. 7m .
The suspects – Idowu Olofin , 32 ; Korede Akomolafe, 30 ; Temitope Oluyemi , 43 ; Wale Onifade, 36 ; and Seun Fabusola , 28 – allegedly collected the sum from the unidentified complainant on the pretext of solving his spiritual problem and making his business boom.

We learnt that the suspects allegedly hypnotised the victim , took him to a beach and collected the money from him .
They were said to have committed the crime on May 3 around 9.30 am at Alpha Beach , Ajah .
The complainant , who regained consciousness after the suspects left, reported the matter to the police .
The suspects were arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates ’ Court on Wednesday on three counts bordering on stealing, fraud and obtaining under false pretences .
The police prosecutor, Michael Unah , told the court that the alleged offences contravened sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State , 2015 ( Revised ) .
He stated that the defendants bought Toyota Camry and Lexus 330 cars from the money they allegedly obtained from the complainant.
The Chief Magistrate , A .A. Fashola , granted the accused bail in the sum of N 500 ,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
Fashola said the sureties should be gainfully employed and must produce evidence of three years ’ tax payments to the Lagos State Government .

He also ordered the prosecutor to verify the residential addresses of the sureties.
The magistrate added that the accused should be remanded in Kirikiri prison pending when their bail conditions would be perfected .

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