SCAM: Muslim cleric arrested in Lagos for duping friend of N9.5 million (PICTURED)

by ‘Jola Sotubo

 Alfa Isiaka Adeleke.

Operatives of the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) in Ikoyi, Lagos State have apprehended a man whose tool of trade was posing as an Islamic cleric to defraud unsuspecting people.

Isiaka Adeleke, a 34-year-old man who is popularly known as Alfa,  allegedly collected a total sum of N9.5 million from his childhood friend, N8 million to purportedly get him spiritual help and the remaining N1.5 was spent on a car which the suspect supposedly sold to his friend but then registered in his own name.

The complainant, who reportedly took the N8 million loan to expand his dwindling business told operatives that he confided in Adeleke that he intended to use the money to buy a truck for his business.

However, in the process, the suspect was said to have demanded for the money to enable him go into the spiritual realm to tackle spiritual forces hindering the success of his friend’s business.

However, the victim returned a week later as instructed, only to discover that Adeleke had changed residence.

Spokesman for the Unit, Ngozi Isintume-Agu, said that the suspect’s arrest was effected in Ilorin, Kwara State, following a petition by the complainant. She said: “The complainant stated that he was defrauded in March and effort to reach Adeleke had been abortive as his phones were all switched off.

“The complainant further stated that the Alfa, under the pretense of selling a LEXUS 300 Car imported from USA to him, obtained additional N1.5 million and later registered the said vehicle in his name. He alleged that the total money collected from him by the suspect was N9.5 million.”

Adeleke, who was paraded weekend, admitted to have collected the sum and pleaded to be given time to refund the money.

Asked what he used the money for, he said: “I used part of it to buy two cars, a Toyota Camry and a Mercedez Benz and also completed my building project in Ilorin, while I shared the balance among my fellow Alfas in Ila-Orangun, Osun State.

“I tricked him into believing that I can double the money. I instructed him to put the money inside a box in my room and leave it for seven days, while he takes the key with him.

“However, unknown to him, I had a spare key which I later used to unlock the box and absconded. All I beg for is to be given time to pay back the money.”

Isintume-Agu advised members of the public to be wary of the likes of Adeleke when seeking spiritual help from so-called religious clerics, “as most of them are wolves in sheep’s clothing.”

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