The Ondo State Police Command has arrested a member of a scam syndicate in Ondo who reportedly defrauded one Wasiu from Ore, Ondo state – a HIV victim of about N4M claiming that they had a cure to the disease.
It was gathered that cars bought during the time Wasiu was duped, was hid in the compound of the arrested suspect identified as Owoseni Taye. One of the rooms raided reportedly had a mini shrine, and Mercy Dabs communications reported how the victim narrated how he fell into their hands.
According to Wasiu, he received a mobile phone line recharge pin from an unfamiliar phone number with a short note that reads “sell this recharge card for your transport fare home…” He also got a call from the same line, telling him the SMS was sent to him in error and begging him to send it back to them.
After returning the recharge card pin to the number, he received another call from the line appreciating him for the good gesture. At the peak of their conversation, the old man on phone pretended to have seen a vision about him.
“He told me I am living with a deadly disease, but I said know. But when he convinced me the more, I affirmed his word.”
Wasiu, whom a few other members of his family have also contracted the HIV virus, deeply fell into their trap and was played for long before he uncovered their plan.
A 69-year-Old member of the syndicate, Adedayo Akinjisola from Ondo, had confessed recently that the matter of the victim was brought to them by somebody very close to him (the victim). Taye Owoseni (Taye Falekulo, Taye Yahoo) was the person the group first sent, but when questioned by a popular radio presenter in Ondo, they claimed they didn’t know about the real evil taking place at the shrine in the bush at Abusoro after Okenla .
He declared specifically that the house (shrine) was built by their father, but claimed not to know who rented it out among the members of their family.