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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

I used to conjure knives from the air - Teenage robber inspired by a Nollywood movie

Adebayo Matthew, an 18-year-old JSS 2 student, who was arrested with two others by the Oyo State Police Command, made a startling revelation on how he used to conjure knives from the air through a charm made for him by a native doctor.

The state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, said Matthew and two others, Akinleye Dolapo, 19, and Deola, 14, were nabbed after they attacked a female retiree in her residence on June 29 at about 11:30p.m., and dispossessed her of her Toyota Corolla car which was later recovered.

In an interview with Tribune, Matthew said: “After watching a Yoruba Nollywood film entitled “Gbewiri Meta” one day, I felt it would be good for me to copy the action of the lead actor.

In the film, the armed robber had three faces. Whenever he went for robbery, he would put on a face and whenever he was arrested, he would change his face so there would be confusion, and he would be released.

I started by entering a neighbour’s house to steal N500, but I only covered my face with a cloth which I used as mask. I continued until I met Dolapo in June during a church programme at Otu town.’’

The teenage suspect also said that he used to command knife from the air, disclosing that the charm was made for him by an elderly man in Tede. ‘‘I went to a programme where the man performed magic.

I got his address and went to him later. He made some potion with meat and told me to swallow it. He said it would start working after four days. When I tried it, it worked. All I needed to do was to hit my hand against a wall and a knife would appear.

The charm was destroyed on the day I was arrested when water was poured on my head. That was the charm’s taboo,’’ Matthew narrated.

The second suspect, Dolapo, confirmed Matthew’s diabolical power to conjure knives from the air, saying that he did it in his presence to scare him when he said he was not going to join him in robbery. He also admitted raping one of their female victims.

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