Benin Republic National, Gbese Peter Allegedly Defrauds Nigerian Couple Seeking Spiritual Help

By Olawale Oyegbade, The Nigerian Voice, S/W Bureau Chief
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Gbese Peter

A 37yr old National of Benin republic Gbese Peter has been arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command for allegedly defrauding a couple Mr and Mrs Bamigboye Alao of N5million under the pretence of helping them to overcome their spiritual problem and shielding their children from untimely death.

The suspect was arrested following the complaint lodged at Sabo police station by Mrs Bamigboye who reported that she and her husband met the suspect about five years ago when he started discussing with them about a serious spiritual calamity awaiting them and their children if an urgent spiritual step is not taken.

The Police Public Relations Officer for Ogun State Police Command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi told The Nigerian Voice.

He said "Out of fear of the unknown, the couple agreed to embark on the said spiritual journey and the suspect took them to the Republic of Benin where he gave them a wooden coffin which he instructed them not to open until he asked them to do so."

He said the suspect started started collecting money from the couple, until they gave him s total sum of N5million.

"When they realized that they have been swindled, the shocked led to the death of the husband."

Upon the report, the DPO Sabo division SP Nicholas Tamunoinom detailed his detectives to go after the suspect and with the help of members of public, they succeeded in arresting him on the 25th of July 2020.

"On interrogation, the suspect confessed collecting money under false pretence from the couple but he claimed that he only duped them of N3.5million and not N5milion as claimed by the woman, and that he has used the money to build a house for himself."

The PPRO said a wooden coffin containing white cloth and a horn wrapped with white cloth and beads were recovered from the suspect.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Edward A. Ajogun ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the State criminal investigation and intelligence department for proper investigation and diligent prosecution.