Two suspected fake herbalists are being held by Edo State Police Command agents after they allegedly tricked two women out of N876,000 by pretending to offer spiritual remedies for their marital and business problems.
According to Gistmania, Lukman Ganiyu, 28, and Ojo Oluwaseun, 38, who are accused of being bogus herbalists, were paraded in Benin City on Wednesday.
Police Public Relations Officer Chidi Nwabuzor reports that on February 2, a surveillance team probing a case of money obtained under false pretence reported by Mrs. Joy Akhiobare and Mrs. Ijeoma Blessing Kalu arrested the suspects at Ugbiyokho community.
He said that the women were tricked into seeing the suspects for spiritual support after their businesses failed.
“The suspects, under the pretence of providing spiritual help, deceitfully obtained N850,000 from Joy Akhiobare and N26,000 from Ijeoma Blessing Kalu, respectively,” Nwabuzor stated.
He claims that the charm that the suspects used to threaten the women with death if they told anybody about the problem was found by the cops.
One of the suspects, Ganiyu Lukman, an Ekiti State native, acknowledged being a fake herbalist in an interview with newsmen, claiming he simply fooled the women out of N236,000.
“I came to Benin on January 16, and I was arrested on February 2. One of the women came to tell me that she has a problem in her marriage and that I should help her as a native doctor,” he stated, adding that she later brought one of her friends who wanted him to do a money ritual for him.