50-years-old Fake Hindu monk defrauds 36-years-old trader of N167,000

 50-years-old Fake Hindu monk defrauds 36-years-old trader of N167,000

The operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team in Ogun State have arrested one fake Hindu monk identified as Raphael Ekechi for defrauding a second-hand clothes trader, Emmanuel Ekpe, of N167,000.

The 36-year-old trader had approached the magician for a business boom but was given a substance which never worked. Ekechi was tracked down to Alagbado area of Lagos State, after the case was reported at the IRT office in Abeokuta on July 8, 2019.

“I am from Izza in Ebonyi State and I have four children. One day, I travelled to Accra, Ghana, to buy goods worth N3m and Customs operatives seized them. I became frustrated and could not find any means to get money to continue my business.

“I found out that some Nigerians are desperate to get rich quickly and I decided to use my brain to get what I want. I lied to my clients that I had power and that I learnt metaphysical science from India.

“I told him that he must pay fully for the things I gave him to work. He came back to my ‘office’ and complained that what I did for him did not work. I told him to stop complaining so that the gods would not be angry with him. I did not know he would report to the police.”

Fake Hindu monk defrauds trader of N167,000

On his own part, the distraught trader said he sought for Ekechi's metaphysical power to save his crashing business.

“I tried to secure a loan from many places but I did not succeed. I saw his (Ekechi’s) poster around Abule Egba area of Lagos and read that he had the power to boost business.

“I called him on the phone and he directed me to take a motorbike to Kola bus stop. He took me to his temple at Alagbado and gave me a consultation form which I filled. I told him that I wanted to revive my business.

“I returned to tell him that I did not get results for what I paid for and asked him to refund my money. He refused and started to threaten my life. He refunded N53,000.”


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