They were not as smart as they thought.

Five suspected herbalists have been arrested and charged to court for allegedly swindling a businessman of 4.7 million Naira.

The suspects – Idowu Olofin, 32; Korede Akomolafe, 30; Temitope Oluyemi, 43; Wale Onifade, 36; and Seun Fabusola, 28 – allegedly claimed that they could solve his spiritual problem.

The suspects allegedly hypnotized him and took his money at Alpha Beach in Ajah.

The complainant, who regained consciousness after the suspects left, reported the matter to the police.

The suspects were arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on three counts bordering on stealing, fraud and obtaining under false pretenses.

The police prosecutor, Michael Unah,stated that the defendants bought a saloon car and an SUV from the money they allegedly obtained from the complainant.

The Chief Magistrate, A.A. Fashola, granted the accused bail in the sum of 500,000 Naira each with two sureties each in like sum.

He added that the accused should be remanded in Kirikiri prison, pending when they meet their bail conditions.