Police operatives attached to Zone 2 Command, Onikan has arrested five suspected ritualists who received N105m after abducting their victim’s wife and children.
The suspect was arrested following a petition received by the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2 Command Heads.
“On the 17th of July, 2023 a petition was received by the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 2 Command Headquarters on criminals who deal on compelling action by way of intimidating, obtaining money by false pretence, stealing, threatening to kill by written words, suspected ritualist, and conduct likely to cause breach of public peace by one Mr. Animashaun Oluwasegun who is the principal suspect, who changed his name to Afeez Uthman by way of documentation.
“Based on the petition, the Assistant Inspector General of Police detailed detectives from Zonal Anti- Piracy Unit who immediately swung into action and got the suspects arrested namely; Alh. Afeez Uthman Imoleayo, Mr. Ramon Temidayo Uthman and Saidi Ajayi.
“Others are; Alhaja Monsurat Salami, Kikelomo and others who are still at large who conspired, abducted the complainant’s wife and children through which the total sum of One Hundred and Five Million Naira (105,000,000.00) was obtained with a written threat to kill the complainant and his family members.
“The principal suspects Alh. Afeez Uthman Imoleayo and his cronies also falsified the complainant’s children birth certificates and also compelled the complainant to relinquish all his properties to him.
“Consequently, when the principal suspect Alh. Afeez Uthman Imoleayo was interrogated, he admitted the allegations against him for obtaining the alleged sum of One Hundred and Five Million Naira (N105,000,000.00).
“He also converted Model 2004 Chevrolet Rain Blazer SUV valued $9,700 USD equivalent to Five Million, Six Hundred Thousand Naira (N5,600,000.00) and abducted the complainant’s wife and three children for twelve years, changed their vital documents such as birth certificates etcetera belonging to the complainant in connivance with his wife Alhaja Kikelomo and one Saidi Ajayi his driver.
“The modus operandi of the suspect is by pretending to be a prayer partner with his victims as he is a strong member of an Islamic society called “Ansarullai Youth at Ikorodu, Lagos State”. He usesspiritual concoction to bath and drink with the pretence that it will pave way for his victims, and also make them to take an oath that they should not disclose to anyone.
“In the interim, investigation is still on-going, suspects will be charged to court of competent jurisdiction, at the end of investigation, please.”