Friday, June 20, 2014

Islamic cleric docked for defrauding and poisoning two men

LAGOS— A magistrate’s court sitting in Igbosere, Lagos has remanded a 45‑year‑old Islamic scholar, Alfa Jamiu Alao, for allegedly giving a substance suspected to be acid to his clients, King David Orji and Raimi Oluwaseyi, to drink after allegedly obtaining N3 million and $116,000 to assist them with spiritual protection.

The Investigating Police Officer, Inspector Nosa Izevbizua, alleged that after the duo allegedly drank the substance, they reportedly collapsed and were rushed to hospital for treatment. When the condition of one of them became critical, he was flown abroad for further medical attention.

After investigation, the suspect was charged before an Igbosere magistrate’s court, Lagos on a four‑count charge of felony, to wit: obtaining money under false pretence and administering substance suspected to be acid on his victims.

The Police prosecutor, Inspector Marcus Okon, told the court that the accused committed the offence in April at Mayfair Estate, Ajah, Lagos and on April 8 at Ijabi Quarters, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge and the magistrate, Mrs. Olanipekun admitted him to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

She adjourned the matter till June 30.

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