On July 7th, 2022, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested two men identified as Wale Adifala and Alfa Abiodun Ibrahim. Why?
The EFCC identified them as self-acclaimed spiritualists who defrauded a politician whose name was kept anonymous. We imagine they’re hiding the politician’s name because he’s not proud of how poorly this reflects on him.
The politician was chasing his party’s ticket to contest in the 2023 House of Representatives election. And to give himself a leg up over his opponents, he reached out to the suspects to help him intercede with the gods.
It’s practically spiritual vote-buying but let’s roll with it. The politician paid the spiritualists ₦24 million for their troubles. And Adifala told the EFCC he used the money to buy black, brown and white cows, rams, lavender perfume and rings, to carry out multiple sacrifices for his unnamed client.
We imagine it was this dramatic
The only problem was the politician didn’t win the ticket. And because he got salty like his mates who paid delegates and still lost elections, he wrote a petition to the EFCC.
The suspects protested their innocence, arguing that this was just a case of the gods not picking their calls. Ibrahim said, “Our own is just to pray, do the necessary sacrifices — which we did — and leave the rest to God.”
We’d hate to speak for the gods, but they probably hate vote-buying, or they think they deserve more than ₦24 million to rig an election. The really important question is: Was this fraud? Or are the gods just really expensive?
Good luck to the judge who has to rule on it.