The Edo State Police Command has arrested a man masquerading as a prophet to defraud members of the public.
The command disclosed this in a statement issued Thursday in Benin, the capital city, by its Public Relations Officer, SP Kontongs Bello.
Bello said the suspect’s arrest followed a petition by one of his victims, Thomson Osamudiamen, to the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Abutu Yaro.
He explained that the victim had complained that he was hypnotized by the suspect, who collected his car.
“According to the victim, the suspect, under the guise of a prophet, claimed he saw him in a vision where he had an accident with his Lexus ES350 car.
“He also said the suspect told him that to avert the accident, he should use the car to sow seed to the Lord, which he did.
“The victim said that after he returned to his senses, he noticed that the suspect had already changed the colour of the car from gold to black, and was already using it,” Bello explained.
The Police spokesperson, who disclosed that two Lexus cars, ES350 and RX350 were recovered from the suspect during a search of his residence, said the suspect had confessed to the crime and would be charged to court.