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Mauritian diabetic defrauded of Rs38,000 by Nigerian ‘herbal doctor’

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Mauritian diabetic defrauded of Rs38,000 by Nigerian 'herbal doctor'

A Mauritian diabetic patient has been defrauded of $880 (around Rs38,000) by a Nigerian ‘herbal doctor’ on the claim that the latter could provide him with a cure for diabetes.

According to an article published by the Foundation of Investigation Journalism (FIJ), the Mauritian saw Igudia’s advertisement on YouTube.

Convinced of the medicine’s potency after reading various positive comments, he contacted the ‘doctor’. 

For one of Igudia’s various herbal cures for diabetes, the Mauritian was asked to pay $580 (Rs25,000).

“The doctor here told me that diabetes has no cure. But, because of the various comments on his YouTube page where people mentioned that they had been cured, I decided to pay for a chance to be cured,” the Mauritian was cited as telling FIJ. 

After exploring various bank options, Igudia allegedly instructed him to send the money via Western Union to his account.

Not long after the payment however, Igudia reportedly told the Mauritian that he would need more money to send the medicine through UPS. He told him that instead of the $150 (Rs6,500) he had often used to send the money, UPS was asking for $550 (Rs23,700) , so he had to send another $300 (Rs13,000). 

The man took a loan of Rs13,000 and sent it. Although he did not have the money, he wanted to live a good life unhindered by diabetes.

“The bank told me Nigeria is a risky country to send money to. They didn’t want to send the second payment to him. But Dr Igudia told me to tell them it’s my right to send money to any country of choice. My family members were worried and I didn’t tell them I was sending a second payment,” he said.

When the bank told him to ask Igudia for proof that he was real, all he got were words and promises. He said he was his only hope for a good life and told him not to joke with his health.

After receiving the second payment, Igudia stopped replying to the Mauritian’s enquiries. He said he was busy, and then blocked him.

DR IGUDIA HERBAL

According to the bank details sent to the Mauritian, the man behind Dr Igudia is Odigie Akoamen Joel. He lives in Edo state and uses an Access Bank account to receive payments.

For his ‘herbal business’, he has a Facebook page, an Instagram page and even a Youtube page, where he claims to “cure all kinds of chronic diseases with natural herbs medication with no side effects when taken”.

There is no proven permanent cure for diabetes.

Original article at FIJ, Nigeria

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