23rd November, 2010
Policemen from the Onikan Police Command in Lagos have arrested a fake evangelistÂ simply identified as Mike who along with two of his accomplices attempted to dupe aÂ woman of N300,000.
According to P.M.NEWS investigation, the three suspects posed as evangelists fromÂ the Republic of Benin and met their victim at IBM Bus Stop, near the Bar Beach onÂ Victory Island, Lagos.
It was learnt that the suspects approached the woman to assist them locate a streetÂ after claiming that they were evangelists who came to one St. Leo Cathedral on ToyinÂ Street, Ikeja, Lagos for a crusade.
Sources said the three fake evangelists told the woman from the Eastern part ofÂ Nigeria that she had no problem but she would bear three female children and no maleÂ child.
They tricked her to pay them N300,000 for a prayer to bring her an all roundÂ success. The victim, it was learnt, rode with them in their Toyota Camry car markedÂ AS 05 BWR to a first generation bank in Keffi Street, Off Awolowo Way, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Luck ran out on them when the woman disclosed her plan to withdraw N300,000 for theÂ fraudsters to a cashier in the bank. The cashier, investigations revealed, raised anÂ alarm telling the woman that she was about to be duped.
P.M.NEWS further learnt that as people moved towards the trio, two of them ran away.Â But their supposed leader inside the car was blocked by a police patrol team.
The police arrested Mike while his accomplices escaped. Mike was later detained atÂ the Onikan Police Command and transferred to the Lagos State Police CommandÂ headquarters, Ikeja.