In a daring operation, the Zone 2 Command, Onikan Lagos, intercepted and arrested a 50-year-old Beninese farmer, Poni Bada, and his accomplices, Ige Koselu, Benjamin Balovi, and Segun Shile, while they attempted a money ritual involving Bada’s nine-year-old son, Agbe. The father had brought Agbe from Benin Republic to work on a farmland in Nigeria, but dissatisfied with his wages, he sought to perform a ritual to acquire wealth.
The foiled ritual took place in a herbalist’s home in the Owode area of Ogun State, where the three men contributed N100,000 for the ritual process, with the expectation of sharing the proceeds once the money started flowing in. However, luck was not on their side as the police acted on intelligence and stormed the location, rescuing the young boy.
According to Bada, who has ten children from three wives, he felt compelled to use his youngest son for the ritual in a desperate attempt to improve his family’s living conditions. The plan was set into motion when his contact in Nigeria, Benjamin Balobi, informed him about a farmland job opportunity. As the meager salary disappointed Bada, he shared his plan with Balobi, who in turn sought a herbalist’s assistance.
Segun Shile, one of the accomplices, revealed that they approached four herbalists, but all declined to engage in the money ritual sacrifice. Eventually, they found a herbalist in Owode who demanded N100,000 to perform the ritual, but to their surprise, the herbalist alerted the authorities, leading to their arrest.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2 Command, AIG Muhammed Ali, confirmed the arrests and stated that the rescued minor, Agbe, would be placed in a juvenile home while investigations continued.
This harrowing incident sheds light on the dangers of superstition and the desperate measures some people may resort to in pursuit of wealth. Thankfully, the timely intervention of the police ensured the safety of the innocent boy and brought the culprits to justice.