Police arrest Islamic cleric exposed for fraudulent practices


The Oyo State Police Command has revealed that it has arrested a muslim cleric, ‘Alfa Ibadan’, at Oriwu Central Mosque Ikorodu who was exposed for his fraudulent practices.

It would be recalled the cleric was exposed for his fraudulent activities by an investigative journalism conducted by Fisayo Soyombo of Foundation of Investigative Journalism.

FIJ had revealed how Alfa Ibadan fed false prophecies and visions to a disguised Soyombo in March 2022 in a bid to extort over N200,000 from him.

According to a police inspector, Olasunboye Oyetunde, attached to the Sagamu Road Police Station in Ikorodu, the cleric was arrested on October 26, hours after FIJ’s report was published.

He said that the station’s DPO had informed him of the news, prompting him to personally invite Alfa Ibadan for questioning that very day.

“The alfa has been arrested since that day. Alfa was with us, and he is now on bail,” Oyetunde said.

He then demanded that ‘Fisayo Soyombo, FIJ’s Founder/Editor-in-Chief who went undercover to expose extortion at religious institutions, to present himself physically at the station to help the police establish its case.

“He was the one that wrote article [sic], and the article got to the table of the Commissioner of Police (CP); the CP directed Area Commander who then directed the DPO to investigate the case,” Oyetunde said.

“We read the details and acted promptly. If he is culpable, we are going to prosecute the case.”

He further stated that Alfa Ibadan had been released on bail to a surety, but that he would be present at the station whenever Soyombo was present.