Popular Ikorodu petroleum marketer and Badoo gang promoter, Kamaldeen Alaka arrested

By LUCY ADEGBE 


Popular Ikorodu petroleum marketer and alleged “Badoo’ gang promoter, Kamaldeen Alaka, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The Badoo gang is an organized syndicate of black magic scammers.

Kamaldeen Alaka alias Awise), was said to have led the gang from a shrine at Ashipa Town, near Abeokuta Ogun State.

His arrest was disclosed in a statement by the EFCC’s media and publicity team.

Alaka’s arrest followed a petition by a victim, Bright Juliet who lost N250m to the syndicate after she was tricked to provide money for sacrifices and invocations to heal her of an ailment.

She was introduced to Alaka by Akinola Bukola Augustina (a.ka. Iya Osun) whom she met on Facebook in the course of her search for solutions to her health challenge.

According to the statement, what drew her to Augustina was the latter’s post under the name, Osunbukola Olamitutu Spiritual Healing Centre.

The statement read in part:

“Once she contacted Augustina, the latter promised to heal her only if she pays N16million. The victim paid the money through an Access Bank account belonging to Mohammed Sani, who later turned out to be a Bureau De Change Operator.

“After paying the money without receiving healing, Augustina passed the victim on to other members of the syndicate, notably Alaka. Juliet revealed that she met Awise at his shrines in Ashipa Town and was hypnotized and subsequently transferred various sum through bank accounts and in cash to the suspect and his syndicate members until she lost N250 million to them.

“Despite all the monies collected from her, her health conditions never improved.”

This development prompted her to petition the EFCC.

In a swift sting operation, a team from the Foreign Exchange Malpractices Section (FEMS) at EFCC headquarters, on May 21, 2021 arrested both Sani Mohammed and Akinola Bukola Augustina at Egbeda and Abule Egba respectively, in Lagos.

Augustina who is currently on administrative bail, later led operatives to the Ashipa Town Shrine of Alaka, but the latter escaped arrest having gotten wind of the presence of the Commission’s operatives. He was later apprehended.

The statement added:

“Following his arrest, the Commission has traced and marked a number of assets linked to Awise, believed to be proceeds of his criminal activities.

“The assets include vast land located at Ashipa Town, Abeokuta, Ogun State used as shrine to deceive the complainant to part with her hard-earned resources; a newly renovated filling station named Alaka Oil and Gas located at No.2, Adeneye Street, Oke-Oriya, Ikorodu, Lagos; an uncompleted Event Centre named Alaka Event Centre located at No.2, Adeneye Street, Oke-Oriya, Ikorodu, Lagos; uncompleted blocks of flats located at No.2, Adeneye Street, Oke-Oriya, Ikorodu, Lagos and a newly renovated storey building with boys’ quarters situated at No. 22, PSSDC Road, Magodo Phase 2, Magodo Estate, Lagos.”

The suspects, according to the EFCC, will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded

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