Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command has arrested Gbese Peter, a 37-year-old Beninoise, for allegedly scamming a Nigerian couple, identified as Mr and Mrs Bamigboye of N5 million.
Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Police Command, confirmed the arrest of Peter in a statement issued on Monday.
According to the police, Peter allegedly defrauded the couple after claiming that he could help them to overcome their spiritual problem and shielding their children from untimely death.
It noted that Mrs Bamigboye filed a complaint at the Sabo Police Station in the Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the state, saying that she and her husband met the suspect about five years ago.
Mrs Bamigboye was quoted to have said that the suspect started discussing with them about a serious spiritual calamity awaiting them and their children “if an urgent spiritual step is not taken”.
The statement read: “Out of fear of the unknown, they agreed to embark on the said spiritual journey and he took them to the Republic of Benin, where he gave them a wooden coffin which he instructed them not to open until he asked them to do so.
“She stated further that the suspect started collecting money from them until they coughed out a total sum of N5m.
“When they realised that they had been swindled, the shock led to the death of her husband.
“Upon the report, the DPO of Sabo division, SP Nicholas Tamunoinom, detailed his detectives to go after the suspect and with the help of members of the public, they succeeded in arresting him on July 25, 2020.
“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to collecting money under false pretences from the couple, but he claimed that he only duped them of N3.5m and not N5m as claimed by the woman, and that he used the money to build a house for himself.”
Items recovered from the suspect include a wooden coffin containing a white cloth and other substances and a horn wrapped with a white cloth and beads.
Oyeyemi said Edward Ajogun, the state Commissioner of Police, had ordered the transfer of the suspect to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for proper investigation and prosecution.