Photo: House of Reps Aspirant Fails to Win Ticket after Paying Islamic Cleric, Herbalist N24m, EFCC Intervenes
A herbalist and an Islamic cleric, Wale Adifala and Alfa Abiodun Ibrahim, have landed in the EFCC net after “defrauding” a House of Reps aspirant of N24 million
The spiritualists reportedly collected the huge sum to render spiritual help to the aspirant to win the House of Reps ticket ahead of 2023
The suspects said they offered prayers and sacrifices for the client but the zoning for the Reps seat was taken away from Oye-Ekiti to Ikole-Ekiti
Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested two self-acclaimed spiritualists, one Alfa Abiodun Ibrahim and Wale Adifala, who allegedly conspired to “defraud” a House of Representatives aspirant in Ekiti state N24million.
The suspects, according to the statement released by the anti-graft agency on Tuesday, July 26, claimed the money was to be used to secure spiritual help for their victim’s political ambition.
Topnewstv.com.ng gathers that the third suspect, one Ifawole Ajibola (a.k.a Baba Kalifa) is currently on the run.
The duo was reportedly arrested on Thursday, July 7 in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state, following a petition against them, alleging that after collecting the said sum, the whole effort came to a dead end.
The EFCC said under interrogation by operatives, Adifala admitted to collecting the sums of money from their victim, including N2.9 million, which he claimed was used to buy black, brown and white cows, rams, lavender perfume, rings, among other items, to carry out sacrifices at different times.
The suspect said:
“I also linked up on the matter with Ifawole Ajibola, and we continued with the sacrifices together, until we were arrested by EFCC.”
Ibrahim, who was the one who had prior contact with the victim, admitted collecting money at different times.
“Our own is just to pray and do the necessary sacrifices, which we did, and to leave the rest to God, however, along the line, the zoning for the Reps seat was taken away from Oye-Ekiti to Ikole-Ekiti,” the other suspect said
The EFCC said they were arrested along with some of their instruments of trade and will soon be arraigned in court.
Reactions trail the EFCC arrest
Bello Adoto Hussein said on Facebook:
“The aspirant is too dull to represent anyone. He failed to represent himself before the fraudsters. He should not contest again till he gets his acts together.”
Ubile Amodu commented:
“Economic and Financial Crimes Commission what is the reason for their arrest, they had an agreement and they fulfilled their part of the agreement but unfortunately the rep was zone to another LG, should we call this a fraud and if at all this is a fraud, what’s the legal description for their actions?”