The Ogun State Police Command on Monday bust a cartel of fraudsters at a shrine located in a bush, a stone throw away from Ilu Agbon village, Itori, Ewekoro local government area.
The operation was led by the Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, and resulted in the arrest of eleven suspects and the confiscation of some exhibits.
The police stormed a mud building, which housed several idols and had a number of hideouts and a tunnel.
The suspects were alleged to have defrauded several people under the guise of providing spiritual assistance to them.
The alleged leader of the gang, Akoje Abiola, while speaking with journalists, said the shrine had been in operation since 2004.
He said he was a herbalist who helped people with various spiritual problems and denied defrauding his clients.
The police spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, however, countered Mr. Abiola’s claim, saying that several of the herbalist’s victims had lodged complaints at the police headquarters over the gang’s activities.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Okoye said the suspects usually hypnotised their victims before defrauding them. He pointed out that people who were greedy and unnecessarily ambitious often fell prey to fraudsters.
He said the suspects would be arraigned in court once investigations were completed.