A house girl, Sarah Uchendu, last Thursday told passersby how she was tricked by fraudsters to part with money belonging to her madam and herself.
The girl, who later reported the matter to the police, said she entered a cab from Kado Estate to Wuse market that morning and met an argument where a passenger in the vehicle was begging the driver not to take him to the police over some dollars.
She said one of the passengers appealed to her to also plead with the driver, which she eventually did.
“They resolved to drive the man somewhere else to pray for the money and I was taken to a shrine along EFAB Estate road near Life Camp, Abuja,” she said.
The victim said they met a herbalist, who charged them N250.000 and she was hypnotized as well as told to get N70, 000, which she withdrew from her account in the bank.
“After giving them the money, they asked for another N1 million and without thinking twice, I rushed to my madam’s room, carried a bag with money and gave them,” she added.
Sarah said as soon as she left the shrine, she got her senses back and went back to the place to raise an alarm, where the purported native doctor was apprehended by a crowd and dragged to the police station.
She claimed the total money taken amounted to N620.000. The suspect, who gave his
name as Moses Adoga from Enugu State, described himself as a tailor and a native doctor.
“I am a tailor, 419 man and also consult as a native doctor. Moses, John, Okey, Yakub and Danladi ” are my business partners who brought this young lady as their latest catch and I charged them, while she brought the money, it was shared among us,”
He told our reporter that he had finished his share of the money.
Responding, Life Camp Divisional Police Officer, Chief Superintendent Enyinna Adiogu, said the girl was sent on an errand by her madam when she met the fraudsters, who deceived her.
He described the suspect as a notorious fraudster, who is called ‘Baba one eye,’ adding that he has been arrested severally in the past “What happened was that the victim was asked to get N2 million to wash some dollars and she went to her account to withdraw N70,000 as well as to her madams room to remove N550,000.”he said.
He said immediately the girl regained her senses, she rushed back and saw the one eyed suspect and raised an alarm that led to his arrest
“So far the police have recovered N500,000 and the saddest part is that these criminals have no fixed address but we are trying to get them arrested. The police will not relent in its effort to cleanup Life Camp and its environs from such notorious fraudsters,” he said.
Daily Trust Monday, July 30th 2012
By Ogechi Ohalee