The Ondo State Command of the Nigerian Police, on Sunday said it had arrested a man identified as Ayetare Sunday for claiming to be an officer of the Command.
Before his arrest, the suspect, who claimed to be a prophet, masqueraded as Inspector Samuel Afolabi, also known as ‘Olopa to di woli’ which translates directly as ‘The policeman turned a Prophet.’
According to the Police, the suspect was arrested in Igbokoda, the headquarters of Ilaje Local Government Area of the State, in December 2019.
The Police said the suspect had allegedly performed fake miracles to deceive unsuspecting members of the public using the name; ‘Inspector Afolabi, the prophet police officer’.
The suspect was also alleged to have involved in act of sexual harassment.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph, speaking with newsmen, explained that the suspect had confessed to have committed the crimes upon interrogation.
Joseph said, “Ayetare Sunday, 35, a native of itepe Okitipupa, in a crusade at a white garment church in igbokoda, was arrested for offences of attempted rape and sexual harassment.
“On interrogation, the suspect also confessed to being a fake prophet who had been deceiving people by organising fake miracles. He stated further that he deceived his latest victim who was looking unto God for a child by telling her that he could make her pregnant.
“He added that in the process, he sexually harassed the woman. He concluded that he decided to adopt the same cognomen (Olopa to di woli) with Prophet Inspector Samuel Afolabi, in order to hoodwink people so as to get enough followers.
“It was however established that the suspect was never a policeman but an impostor and serial fraudster,” Joseph said, adding that the Command would not relent in its efforts to rid criminals out of the State.