Police nab Port Harcourt cultist

  • Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - By DIPO KEHINDE
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Afolabi Adebayo
 Afolabi Adebayo
• Multi-million naira mansion uncovered

Detectives investigating a fraud case at the Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Ikoyi, Lagos have blown the cover of a 28-year-old Port Harcourt-based suspected cultist, who built a multi-million naira mansion that serves as his hideout in the Ojodu area of Lagos State.

Confirming the suspicion of the acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Mike Okiro that some outlaws, who have turned the Garden City into hell are from other states, the suspect who identified himself as Afolabi Adebayo, confessed to Daily Sun that his marauding gang operates in Port Harcourt and runs to Lagos to relax after making a hit.

Adebayo, who rides an automatic Cherokee Jeep marked HZ 892 AAA, confessed that he has made millions, even though he never had a visible means of livelihood.

Although he only described himself as "a local occultist," who also obtains money under false pretences, police believe there is more to Adebayo than meets the eye.
Wondering how he came about his fabulous wealth, the police are working on the theory that Adebayo could be a bank robber or one of the abductors who have been taking hostages and demanding ransom for their freedom.

When he was interviewed, Adebayo told Daily Sun: "I’m a local occultist. I also do 419 and I have an office in Port Harcourt with some boys working for me."
He claimed to have bought the plot on which he built the mansion for N2.8 million, insisting that he made his millions by curing people with back pains and helping those who wanted to be sexually virile.
Each time he was asked about members of his group or their whereabouts, he shivered and said: "Oh, I’m finished, please help me."

Adebayo, a native of Ikere town in Ekiti State, who said he was a fraudster, later confessed that the man who brought him into a dreaded cult group in Port Harcourt had died and he could not give the address of any member of the group, although he mentioned some names and said that whenever they had a job to do they made contacts on phone.

According to the Commissioner of Police at SFU, Mr Olayiwola Balogun, detectives were investigating a fraud case after receiving a petition from a woman who claimed that Adebayo duped her, when they stumbled on the other side of the suspect.

The police also recovered from Adebayo a Honda car and they have begun a bigger probe into the background of the suspect who did not have more than secondary school education.

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