Police in Ogun State have arrested a self-acclaimed prophetess of Celestial Church of Christ, Oluwakemi Sotonode, popularly known as Marvellous, for allegedly defrauding one Idris IIyas a sum of N 1.2miillon and obtaining money worth thousands of naira from others under false pretence.
The arrest followed a petition received by the police from Ilyas on November 11, 2019, saying that the suspect contacted him to supply kaolin stone to a company and when he did, the suspect went to the company, received the sum of N1.2million on his behalf and converted it to her own use.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement, said in April this year, the same suspect contacted one Kehinde Ojekunle, to supply kaolin worth of N300,000 to a company and she went behind, collected the money on her behalf and converted it to her personal use. Oyeyemi also said on September 30, 2020, the self-styled prophetess collected the sum of N200,000 from one Olabangboye Olalekan, under the pretence that she would sell to him a plot of land at Obada-oko area of the state, but ran away after collecting the money.
The force PPRO in the state further explain that in March this year, the same suspect who heads Marvelous Model Parish in Obada Oko area of the state obtained the sum of N670,000 from one Gbolagade Damilola, under the pretence of supplying her 40 bags of rice, but ran away since then. The state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, on the strength of the complaint of the fake prophetess who had been on wanted list of the command, directed the officer in charge of the Public Complaint Bureau to ensure her prompt arrest.
The team embarked on an intelligence-based investigation which yielded positive result on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, when she was apprehended in her hideout. On interrogation, she admitted collecting all the monies but has not been able to give any reasonable account of the funds. Meanwhile, the commissioner has ordered a thorough investigation of the matter and the suspect prosecuted accordingly.