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Police arrest ritualists operating fake churches, shrines in Abuja

Suspected ritualists have been arrested by the police for operating fake churches, and shrines in Abuja.

The suspects allegedly used charms to defraud members of the public.

The Zone 7 Abuja police spokesperson, SP Istifanus Sunday Bako, who disclosed this in a statement said the three suspects, Uluko Adukwu (M), 28 years, Salisu Aduh “M”, 38 years, and Adams Halilu ‘M’ 24 years, were arrested by a team of detectives on April 5 after they stormed Jikwoyi and Orozo along Karu area of the FCT.

Bako stated that the suspects were arrested together with two small boys of ages 11 and 13 suspected to be their victims, all residents of Abuja and from Kogi State.

“All suspects confessed to having been involved in using charms to defraud people, especially giving charms to cybercrime and internet fraudsters, aka Yahoo Plus, who in turn use the charm on their victims, which sometimes results in the death of some of the victims in order to achieve their aim and get whatever they want from their victims.

“During the operation, three empty caskets, one Toyota Prado Jeep, one Lexus 330 Car, and fifteen mobile phones were recovered from the suspects; some clothing and women’s underwear believed to have belonged to the dead victims were also found at the scene of the crime,” he said.

Bako added that the AIG, Kayode Egbetokun (now DIG Kayode Egbetokun), encourages worshippers to be careful where they worship and report suspicious activities to the police.

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