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How my boss was duped of £1m through ‘spiritual cleansing’ – Driver

A driver, Moruf Quadri, has narrated how his boss Dr. Lateef Bello was duped of various sums of money through spurious spiritual cleansing by four men identified as Morufu Adewale (aka Gbegulerin Adelana), Omitogun Ajayi, Ajisegiri Abiodun, Abayomi Alaka (aka Dauda Usman Alashe) who were arraigned for £1million fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

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Quadri, who said he has been driver to Bello for 25 years testified before Justice R.A. Oshodi of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

He narrated how he drove his boss to various remote places for the “spiritual cleansing” of the family, and how the syndicate at various times, collected various sums of money in Naira and foreign currencies from his boss, in a now uncovered well-organised fraud.

Led in evidence by N.K. Ukoha, the witness, who testified in Yoruba language, identified Sanlabiu Teslim, Taiwo Olamilekan (identified as Ifakehinde), Raufu Raheem (identified as Ifakunle), Omitogun Ajayi, and Ajisegiri (identified as Baba Ogunlaiye).

“In May 2018, myself, Baba Sanlabiu, my boss, Dr. Bello, we went to Ikenne, and when we got there, he came down with his son, and they entered one house, while I remained in the car, and they spent about two hours,” he said.

He testified further, that afterwards, he had to drive his boss along with some members of the syndicate to some strange places inside the bush in Ijebu-Igbo in Ogun State, and Igbogbo in Ikorodu, Lagos State.

According to him, there were many times that he had to drive his boss to such remote places that only a four-wheel drive vehicle could reach there. “We went to Ijebu-Igbo, we used about eight hours to get there, and when we got there, they used about three hours inside, while I waited, before they came out.

“On our way back, we dropped Omitogun back in Ikorodu and we came back home in Lagos. We also, at various times, received money from one aboki who does bureau de change for onward transmission to Ifakunle.”

According to him, he bought as many as 25 ghana-must-go-bags on the instruction of his boss, which were used to hand over money to Ifakunle. He testified further that at some point in time, they were made to buy “big rams”, which were handed over to members of the syndicate.

According to him, they were later made to get a box, in which the money meant for the spiritual cleansing was to be kept. He also narrated how he got to know Ajisegiri at the LTV studio in Agidingbi, Lagos.

“My boss asked me to deposit money in his Eco Bank account, two times,” he said.

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