The Ekiti State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps has arrested a 78-year-old man, Ayeni Lawrence and four others for allegedly duping a Nigerian resident in the United States of America, Mr Okechukwu Omeniho.
The NSCDC Commandant in Ekiti, Mr Donatus Ikemefuna, who paraded the men he described as ritualists and fraudsters, said the counter-terrorism and intelligence units of the command acted on tip-offs from residents.
Others arrested are Messrs Ifashola Babatubde(44), Akin Ojo (25), Yusuf Korede (30) and Adetifa Ishola (45).
According to a statement by the Civil Defence Public Relations Officer, Afolabi Tolulope, the suspects were arrested at Iwaro area of Oke Ila in Ado Ekiti at about 8.30am on Monday inside the bush while performing rituals.
The NSCDC boss said the victim, a businessman from Imo State was tricked from Atlanta Georgia, USA, to appease the god of fortune and prosperity for him after initial payment of N300,000.
“This man cried uncontrollably when we arrested him alongside these wicked people. He was even asking about where he was because he had been charmed. They had collected money from him.
“We have a lot of reported cases here that some elements are operating in Oke Ila, Atinkankan , Isato, Odo Ado, Iwaro, Ojumose , Okesha and other metropolis of Ekiti State and had successfully duped innocent people hundred millions of naira at installments.
“That is why I have positioned my officers in those strategic areas and with the support of the residents of Iwaro community today, we have been able to apprehend these ones. We still have a lot of them at large and they have been put under surveillance.