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Police arraign fake herbalist for allegedly cheating housewife of N13m

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The police yesterday arraigned a fake herbalist, Muhammed Bako, in an Upper Area Court in  Mpape, Abuja, for allegedly cheating a housewife of N13 million.

Bako, whose address was not given, is charged with criminal conspiracy, extortion and criminal intimidation.

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The Prosecution Counsel,  Mr A.O Olaofe, told the court that the case was reported to the National Intelligence Agency, Abuja, by the complainant, Mrs Magret Igbinobaro.

Olaofe told the court that on April 25, the defendant, who is also a driver, picked up the complainant in his car from Minna, Niger State to Abuja.

The prosecutor said that the defendant in the course of the trip deceived Igbinobaro into believing that there was a traditional medicine man capable of curing all her ailments.

Olaofe alleged that during investigation the defendant confessed that he hypnotised Igninobaro into paying N13 million into a bank account belonging to his wife’s niece to pay.

He said that during investigation, the defendant confessed to have used the money to build a house.

Olaofe alleged that the defendant extorted the complainant and put fear of untimely death on her if she reports to anyone.

This, he said continued until the defendant was arrested.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 97, 293 and 397 (b) of the Penal code.

Bako, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The presiding judge, Hassan Muhammad, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N30 million with two ‘‘reasonable and reliable sureties’’.

Muhammed adjourned the case until Oct. 4, for hearing. (NAN)

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