Five suspected fraudsters have been arrested by Amotekun officers in Ikere-Ekiti, confirmed Amotekun’s Ekiti State Commander, Brigadier General Joe Komolafe.
The commander said the suspects were arrested after a victim made a report.
General Komolafe said: “Their modus operandi is they will call you, tell you they have seen a vision for you to have your life right, go bring this, go bring that. They deceive people to the extent where the victims are threatened with losing all their family members.
“How did it start? My colleague from Ogun State called me to say that one of the people staying in Abeokuta, Ogun State was duped to the tune of about 2.5 million naira by a group in Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti. Declare, threatening to kill him, that I should please help.”
He said his men then traced the suspected fraudsters to Ikere-Ekiti.
The commander continued: “Here we are, five of them have been arrested in their shrines in Ikere. We were able to destroy some of the shrines and bring some to our office.
“We are engaged in a thorough investigation to get more of these suspects. These are not the only people, these are just a fraction of the people we are looking for in the state. There was a time when we went to Atikankan to stop some of them.”
The 40-year-old victim, Udany James, who said he was a native of Benue state but resides in Ogun state where he practices agriculture, told reporters that the suspects tricked him into l calling on the phone that they were spiritualists and based on their visions he should reach out to them for prayer.
He claimed that during the process of interacting with the culprits over the phone while he was in Ogun State, he was defrauded of 2.5 million naira which he told them. delivered through the point of sale.
When asked how they got his phone number to make contact with him in their illicit deal, Mr James said he didn’t know.
He said it was after the suspects were arrested by Amotekun that he realized they were not spiritualists but those who use fetishistic means to defraud people.