Photo : Notorious Robbers Using Atare & Ohun Charms To Rob Lagos Traders Arrested


Oct 29, 2015 – Picture:Notorious Robbers
Using Atare & Ohun Charms To Rob Lagos
Traders Arrested
It was payback time for a two-man robbery gang
which specialised in raiding markets in Lagos and
dispossessing traders of their wares and cash,
following its arrest by the Police in Lagos.
The suspects; Saidi Olalekan (32) and Joshua
Akinsola (20), who claimed to be a Nigerien, were
arrested at Oshodi market during a foiled attempt
to rob a textile shop owner of some lace materials
and cash worth N2.5 million recovered from them
were stolen lace materials worth N300,000 and
cash of N2 million.
During an interview with Vanguard, the suspects
revealed that information on their victims were
usually given by their sales representatives.
They also confessed that they use charms to
hypnotise their victims, a means they said made
their operation easy.
But nemesis caught up with them after one of their
victims who apparently was not affected by the
charms raised the alarm which led to the arrest of
Akinsola, the supposed Nigerien.
32-year-old Olalekan, an indigene of Ogun state
who recently completed a two-year-jail term,
said: “We do not use any gun or dangerous
weapon during operation.
What we used was a charm called atare and
ohun. This charm was prepared by a herbalists in
Apapa. That is what most 419 people use.
“Any time we were going for operation, we would
put the charm in our mouth and another in the
We would thereafter, enter any of the shops and
order anyone there to bring the proceed for the
day. We would also command them to bring as
much yards of material they could lay their hands
They will obey without complaining. Also, no
customer will come to that shop as long as we
remained there. After the raid, we would quietly
leave the shop. Our victims usually regain
consciousness several hours later.
“At the end of each operation, we would take the
stolen materials far away from where we stole them
and sell them at give away prices. For instance, if
we steal material from Idumota , we will take it to
Agege or even Sango in Ogun state to sell and
share whatever was realised equally.”
My victim had a counter-charm
On his part, his alleged partner in crime, Joshua
Akinsola, disclosed that they usually get
information either from sales representatives of
their victims, their managers or relatives.
Oshodi operation and counter-charm
On the Oshodi botched operation, he said his
victim apparently had an antidote to charms that
gave them away.
He said: “While Olalekan was in one of the shops,
I was in another. He succeeded in carrying some
wares and N2 million cash from his victim.
But I realised that after making some incantations
with the charms in my mouth and pocket, my
victims did not succumb, and had I left the shop
with some lace materials than they raised the alarm
which attracted other traders at Oshodi.
“Before I knew it, some policemen arrived the
scene and whisked me away. I led them to my
colleague where the stolen N2 million was
recovered. I am from Niger Republic but I live at
Ogolo, around Benin Republic.”
The suspects according to the Lagos State
Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, will
be charged to court soon.
[Reported By Vanguardngr]


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