A suspected fraudster identified as Akinnifesi lynched by angry mob in Ojodu-Berger area was rescued by policemen from the Area F command who were on patrol.
According to reports, the suspect had duped a man simply known as Daud of N10,000 belonging to his brother, who sent him to withdraw N5,000 from his Diamond bank account.
While narrating his ordeal, Daud 17, said he was going to the bank on the fateful day to cash the money with his brother’s ATM card when the suspect, who claimed to be a stranger in the state, approached him for a direction.
He said he initially turned down the request, but decided to help him being a stranger.
While leading him to the place, Akinnifesi who claimed to be a herbalist, promised to return his kindness.
He said, “He brought out one small stone and smashed it on my stomach. I was shocked as the stone was no longer in his hand. He told me I am now a powerful person. He then asked me to give him my brother’s ATM card and the pin code. He said if I refused to do so, I will turn mad because of the stone in my stomach. So I gave him out of fear.
“Few minutes later, my brother received an alert that N10,000 had been withdrawn from his account. He beat the hell out of me on getting home,” he said.
A resident who pleaded anonymity, said fraud was becoming rampant in the area, adding that his brother had also been tricked.
“It is like they are using magic. My brother was duped N20,000 almost the same way. When we caught one of them sometime ago, we gave him the beating of his life,” he said.
However , the state police spokesperson, Ngozi Braide, could not be reached for further comment