Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have arrested a self-acclaimed spiritualist, Mohammed Ibrahim and his accomplice, Ibrahim Abubakar for allegedly defrauding one Mohammed Gaji of the sum of N16 million under the guise of conducting spiritual prayers to make their victim rich.
In a statement by the EFCC’s Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, the suspects by the operatives of the Borno State Command of the Commission in the course of investigation into a petition written against Mohammed Gaji, alleging that he misappropriated N22.2 million given to him by the petitioner, Mohammed Alhaji Bukar to establish a cattle ranch business.
EFCC Arrests Three ‘Spiritualists’ for N16m Get-Rich-Quick Scheme in Borno It was discovered that rather than invest the money as planned, Gaji gave Mohammed Ibrahim, N16 Million of the N22.2 million for prayers so he could get rich.
Upon Gaji’s arrest, he admitted squandering the money given to him for business and confessed giving N16 million to the spiritualists who promised to make him rich.
Uwujaren said during the raid, a large hole covered with animal skin with a centre table placed on it was discovered in the room, where Mohammed’s accomplice, Abubakar used as a hiding place; pretending to be a ‘‘genie’’.
Gaji claimed he was given a precious stone, a small iron box containing a white piece of cloth and some foreign currencies with instructions to fast for three months and one day before he could get rich.
Items recovered from the spiritualists include white pieces of clothes with Arabic inscriptions, calabashes, animal skins, animal horn, foreign currencies and two small iron boxes.
Uwujaren said the suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.