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Beninoise arrested in Nigeria for N5m fraud

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A 37-year-old national of Benin Republic, Gbese Peter has been arrested by Ogun State police for allegedly defrauding N5million from Mr and Mrs Bamigboye Alao under the disguise of helping them to solve their spiritual problems and protecting their children from untimely death.

According to the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi said that the suspect was arrested after a complaint made at Sabo Police Station by Mrs Bamigboye.

“The suspect was arrested following the complaint lodged at Sabo police station by Mrs Bamigboye who reported that she and her husband met the suspect about five years ago when he started discussing with them about a serious spiritual calamity (problem) awaiting them and their children if an urgent spiritual step is not taken.

“Out of fear of the unknown, they agreed to embark on the said spiritual journey and he took them to the Republic of Benin where he gave them a wooden coffin which he instructed them not to open until he asked them to do so. She stated further that the suspect started collecting money from them until they coughed out the total sum of N5 million. When they realised that they have been swindled, the shock led to the death of her husband.

“When apprehended and interrogated, the suspect confessed that he took N3.5million from the couple under false pretense and not N5 million as claimed by Mrs Bamigboye, adding that he used the money to build a house.

Some of the items recovered from the suspect were a wooden coffin containing white cloth and other substances, a horn wrapped with white cloth and beads.

“However, the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Ajogun, has ordered for the immediate transfer of the suspect to the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for proper investigation and prosecution, PPRO noted.

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