On Thursday, January 25, an Islamic cleric, Oladele Ayuba has been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Ondo State Command.
Ayuba was said to have defrauded one of his followers of a sum of N4 million.
Parading the suspect on Thursday, the state Commandant of the NSCDC, Pedro Ideba confirmed that Ayuba was involved in advanced fee fraud.
Ideba said, “He (Ayuba) has defrauded many of the people who approached him for prayers of various amounts ranging from N300,000 to N36m. But he was arrested following a complaint by one of his victims, Tajudeen Ekundayo, whom he allegedly duped of N4.3m.
“Immediately the complaint was lodged at the command, my men swung into action and arrested the man, who is the kingpin of a syndicate in Arigidi Akoko, while other members of the syndicate are still at large.”
The commandant added that criminal activities ranging from kidnapping, ritual killings and fraud had been traced to Ayuba, adding that the traditional ruler of Arigidi Akoko, Oba Yisa Olanipekun, had written a letter to the state command on the alleged criminal activities of the suspect.