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New den of kidnappers, fraudsters discovered in Ibadan

• Police recover fake dollar notes, cars

Ibadan, Oyo state.

Ibadan, Oyo state.

A DEN of suspected kidnappers and fraudsters has been discovered at Isase in Ojoku community of Ibadan in Ona Ara Local Council .

Fake dollar notes and three exotic cars were yesterday recovered by the police from the shrine. The shrine comprised two buildings, decorated with a lot of figurines of different idols, assorted charms, cowries, snail shells, mats and underground apartments.

But one of the operators of the shrine has been arrested. When the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Katsina, led reporters and a team of policemen to the scene yesterday, three cars , a Toyota Camry (Muscle) with Registration Number LAGOS AAA-125 DK, Toyota Camry (Big Daddy) marked: LAGOS AAA-207 DH and Nissan Almera marked: LAGOS AGL 882 DF. were sighted at the premises.

But one of the operators of the shrine, 43-year-old Ismail Adesina, confessed that he operated the shrine with two of his friends he identified as Tajudeen and Wasiu, who are at present, at large. According to him, the trio were fraudsters. But he dismissed the allegation that the place was being used as kidnappers’ den.

He confessed that they posed as  native doctors to deceive members of the public, adding that they usually asked people that fell into their traps to pay between N150,000, and N250,000.

Ismail explained that they have been operating for more than four years. He further alleged that one of the operators, Tajudeen, owns the place, adding that Tajudeen also owned a  fake dollar notes because he printed secretly by himself.

His words: “We have been operating this shrine for more than four years. We have defrauded up to five persons, comprising four men and one woman. The woman came to us because she was barren and she wanted fruit of the womb. So, we asked her to bring N150,000 or N200,000. She paid the money.”

Ismail said Tajudeen bought the land on which the shrine was built.

But investigation revealed that Tajudeen bought two acres of land for N100,000 about five years ago. The shrine, fenced with corrugated roofing sheets, was built on the land.

“We are only working with him. He is the one that makes the currency notes. We built this place by ourselves. We do the work of Babalawo here.

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