A fraudulent Islamic cleric, Alhaji Olatunji Azeez, has been arrested for allegedly killing a 64-year-old retired customs officer, Angela Uzo Kery and her adopted 10-year-old daughter, Obiageli, after selling the victim’s landed properties.
Azeez who is presently cooling his heels at the Oko Oba Division under Area ‘G’ was arrested alongside two men alleged to be his accomplices after the missing victims were traced to him during investigation.
It was alleged that the suspect’s offer of the sum of N9m bribe to the officers in charge of the investigation, but it was turned down by the officers in charge of the investigation.
During interrogation, Azeez allegedly confessed to the police that he deceived the pensioner into believing that he was a spiritualist and told her that her family members were after her properties.
The suspect allegedly told her to bring the documents of all her landed properties for prayers, which she did.
According to Azeez, the victim gave him the documents of her landed properties at Omole, Oko-Oba and Ajah and he sold them at N75m, N120m and N180m, respectively.
Azeez allegedly admitted that he had killed the victims, adding that he killed the girl also because she knew all about the deal.
The death of the victims was discovered when the younger sister of the pensioner, Susan, informed the officers of the Oko-Aba Police Division that her sister was missing.
According to the police, when Susan paid a visit to her sister on May 31, she discovered that the customs officer and her daughter had not returned home since May 10, when they went for a prayer session at Sango area of Ogun State.
The police were told that the victim left home in her Toyota Camry car marked LND 554 A2 and, during investigation, the car, through its tracking device, was traced to an uncompleted building in Alakuko area of Lagos.
When the police team from Oko-Oba and Alakuko divisions visited the building, two suspects – Ahmed Sholotan and Waliu Akiniyi – were arrested in connection with the missing car.
When Akiniyi was arrested, he told the police that Sholotan told him to keep the car for him until they find a buyer.
The police arrested Sholoton and, after promising to cooperate, he took them to Sango, where Azeez was arrested.
The matter has been transferred to the State Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Ikeja for further investigation.
In a similar case, an Islamic cleric, Alfa Jamiu Alao was arraigned before a magistrate’s court sitting in Igbosere, Lagos for allegedly giving a substance suspected to be acid to his clients, King David Orji and Raimi Oluwaseyi, to drink after allegedly obtaining N3 million and $116,000 to assist them with spiritual protection.
The Investigating Police Officer, Inspector Nosa Izevbizua, alleged that after the duo allegedly drank the substance they were given by the 45‑year‑old Islamic scholar, they reportedly collapsed and were rushed to hospital for treatment.
After investigation, the suspect was charged before an Igbosere magistrate’s court, Lagos on a four‑count charge of felony, to wit: obtaining money under false pretence and administering substance suspected to be acid on his victims.
The Police prosecutor, Inspector Marcus Okon, told the court that the accused committed the offence in April at Mayfair Estate, Ajah, Lagos and on April 8 at Ijabi Quarters, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge and the magistrate, Mrs. Olanipekun admitted him to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
She adjourned the matter till June 30.