Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has 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.
A statement on Tuesday by the Head, Media & Publicity at the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, the suspects by the operatives of the Borno State Command of the Commission at Sabon Bolori, behind Chad Basin in Maiduguri, in the course of an 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.
It was discovered that rather than invest the money as planned, Gaji gave Mohammed Ibrahim, (the spiritualist) N16million of the N22.2million 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 horns, foreign currencies, and two small iron boxes.
Uwujaren said the suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.