Super Greed: Herbalist defrauds driver of N4M looking for favour charm

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Abiodun David and his tortoise charm

A cab driver who wanted to change his life by getting a good luck charm is now biting his fingers after a native doctor defrauded him.

A middle-aged driver who wanted more despite all he has been blessed with by God has bitten more than he can chew after a herbalist defrauded him of the sum of N4 million for a dubious good luck charm.

Punch reports that the herbalist, Abiodun David, was arrested by operatives attached to the Zone 2 Police Command in Lagos State for allegedly duping Adebayo Omoniyi when he decided to go for the charm to further boost his fortunes.

The police said the victim was introduced to the suspect by a friend who claimed that he got the charms for the herbalist and that they were very effective.

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The suspect who is currently in the custody of the police had allegedly promised to make the charms for Omoniyi to boost his transport business and make wealthy people in the society to favour him.

However, after getting the money which was for the concoctions and other ingredients, the 38-year-old Omoniyi did not notice any improvement in his fortune and when he challenged the suspect for a refund, he was told the money was non-refundable.

He subsequently reported a case of fraud to the police at the Zone 2 Command leading to the arrest of the suspect at his shrine in Atan, Sango Ota, Ogun State.

A police source said operatives recovered a live tortoise and bottled candles from the shrine during the arrest.

“The herbalist said one Kazeem he worked for introduced Omoniyi to him to also assist him in preparing a charm that will boost his transport business and make him find favour with wealthy people in the society so that he can get rich.”

But on interrogation, the herbalist claimed he only collected N380,000 from the victim, adding that he was surprised the matter was reported to the police.

“I prepared bars of soap and some other concoctions for him. After a month, he came back and accused me of defrauding him and said what I gave him did not work as expected.

That was how I was arrested by the policemen at my shrine in Atan. He was not the first person I would prepare the charm for.

I learned the herbalist job from my grandmother who was a herbalist before she died. Initially, I was a barber before I started the herbalist job.

Since I started the work, I have not prepared money ritual for people. What I do is to assist those in need of favour and some other medical-related issues.

I was surprised when I was told that I collected N4M from the cab driver. The tortoise and the candles in the bottle that were recovered from my shrine are meant for a client. I don’t do money ritual for people.”

The spokesperson for the Zone 2 Command, SP Dolapo Badmos who confirmed the incident, said the suspect was a notorious fraudster who always disguised as an old man to deceive his victims.

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“The suspect always put on costumes to deceive people that he is actually a herbalist. He collected N4m from the victim.

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Ibrahim, has said that the suspect should be charged to court after completion of an investigation.”

from - Gist

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