The Lagos State Police Command on Thursday arrested a woman, Biola Simon, for allegedly defrauding bank customers after giving them fake prophecies.
Simon, who belongs to a four-member gang was arrested while her accomplices fled after they allegedly swindled a victim of N150,000.
It was gathered that the victim, after realizing he’s been duped, immediately reported to Dopemu Police Division, and Simon was arrested with the N150,000 recovered from her.
A source at the Dopemu Police Station who spoke to our reporters said the criminal and her gang specialized in defrauding unsuspecting bank customers in the area through fake prophecies.
“In her statement, she confessed that the syndicate’s mode of operation was to lurk around bank premises, while her role was to accost a bank customer suspected to be with money,” the source added.
“The suspect explained that she would pretend that she was new in Lagos and asked for direction from the victim. Simon would subsequently make shocking spiritual revelations about her victim, after which she would advise that a special prayer must be offered for the victim.
“The next move was to take the victim to a nearby place where the three other accomplices were waiting and they would replace the money withdrawn by the victim with disposable papers, covered with a few naira notes.
“A man who the suspect tried to swindle on Thursday of N150,000 raised the alarm, and a police patrol team in the area apprehended Simon.”
A witness, Rafiu Jimoh, said the policemen had returned the money to the victim.
He said, “The woman dressed responsibly, but she usually begged targeted customers coming out of the bank to direct her to an address. She is believed to use magical powers, as she will thereafter start giving revelations about her victim, luring the person to go for prayers with her.
“While the purported prayer is going on by the syndicate, the contents of the victim’s bag or purse will be replaced with papers covered with a few real notes. They will thereafter disappear with the money.
“The woman was arrested on Thursday by a police patrol team, but the three others escaped in a car. The stolen N150,000 was recovered and returned to the victim.”
Confirming the arrest, the State Police Spokesperson, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has directed that the suspect be charged to court.