Police arrest suspect using shrine, witches to defraud ‘troubled’ victims in Osun

Police say they are on the trail of other members of the gang.

An alleged fraudster using a dreaded shrine to swindle victims has been arrested in Osun.

Police in the state discovered the shrine at Oke-Woru, Gbaemu, Osogbo, and arrested the suspect, Oyegbile Durojaye, who is alleged to be part of an organised fraudulent gang.

Durojaye was said to have confessed that the shrine was set up by a gang of nine fraudsters, who met inside a police cell in Lagos, to dupe people on the pretext of helping them overcome their problems.

“We usually bring our victims from Lagos and finish the deal here in the shrine in Osogbo. We are using this whole building and no one enters here that would not be scared,” he is quoted as saying.

“But it is a mere costume. We have some women among us whose role was to act as witches. We have special rooms decorated in a scary way and we have one elderly man among us whose role was to act as spirit.

“My role is to bring our victims to Osogbo from Lagos and present such person to the witches and the spirit in the dead of the night. Then, the witches and the spirit would tell such person to make his demands and pay,” he added.

Police say they are on the trail of other members of the gang.

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