A prophet who allegedly fleeced a woman seeking for healing has been arrested by the police in Lagos for defrauding her of millions of Naira.
A 45-year-old Lagos-based prophet, Femi Oladele has been arrested by the State Police Command for allegedly defrauding a businesswoman of N70 million, three houses,two cars, a Lexus Jeep and 2014 Toyota Highlander, to treat a woman suffering from fibroids.
Punch reports that Prophet Oladele who runs a church at Oke-Ira, Ogba area of the state, was arrested by operatives at the Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Ikoyi after the woman's husband wrote a petition against him.
It was gathered that victim had sought Prophet Oladele's assistance sometime in 2007 after a medical doctor that her womb would have to be removed to heal her of fibroids.
She narrated to the police that rejected the doctor’s advice and resorted to a desperate search for an alternative solution, during which she was introduced to the prophet.
The 43-year-old woman said when she met Oladele, she had battled with the ailment for 14 years, which led to her bleeding from her private parts but he had assured her that he could heal her and began by giving her some concoctions after collecting N98,000 for the service.
She added that after taking the concoctions, the bleeding was said to have stopped for a short period after which the bleeding began again after two weeks and she returned to the prophet.
One of the houses
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Prophet Oladele subsequently started coming up with different methods to extort money from the woman, including a claim that her husband was after her life and those of her three children.
A senior police officer at the SFU who confirmed the arrest of the prophet said:
“The woman is from a prominent family in Lagos State and she is a businesswoman. She had fibroids for 14 years and was driven from pillars to posts, looking for healing. Eventually, in 2007, she met a woman who introduced her to the prophet.
The prophet told her that her husband was the cause of the heavy blood flowed. He said the husband wanted to kill her and that as long as the blood flows, the husband would continue to make more money.
He said the husband had to be eliminated for her to live well. He also told her to bring her children – two females and a male – for spiritual cleansing, saying their lives were also in danger.
He gave the children some concoctions. He lived in the woman’s house in Ogba with her children whenever the husband was not around.
By this time, he had taken control of the woman and her children. At a point, he told the woman to build a five-bedroomed duplex for him at Ijoko, Ogun State, which she did within three months.
She also purchased a Toyota Highlander, 2014 model, and a Lexus GX470, 2013 model, for him.
During the period, the woman’s son ran mad a few years ago after taking some herbs from the prophet. Oladele took the boy to his town in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, where he was healed.
He told the woman that she must build two five bedroomed bungalows for him in Ado Ekiti so that her son madness would not return.
After she built the houses, he told the woman to stop having sex with her husband if she wanted to live long.
The woman made several transfers into his three bank accounts. We have been able to get records of the transfers to one of his banks which ran into over N70 million.”
It was gathered that luck ran out on the sly prophet sometime in March when it dawned on one of the woman’s children, a lawyer, that the family was being defrauded after he allegedly collected another huge sum of money from her for spiritual cleansing.
“The lawyer informed their father and the case was reported to the police. The prophet was arrested in Ado Ekiti, where he had gone to obtain a chieftaincy title.”
An official of the SFU, SP Ngozi Braide, who spoke on the incident on behalf of the unit’s Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Lamorde, said the suspect had confessed to the fraud.
“We have been able to trace about N70m to his bank account. In his statement, he said he healed the woman of the fibroids,” SP Braide said.
In his statement to the police, Prophet Oladele reportedly said the houses and the two vehicles were gifts the woman gave him for his services to her, adding that he also settled the woman who brought the victim to him.
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