The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a 43-year-old man, Adesina Muniru Aruna, for scam and recovered an array of local charms which the agency says the suppose used to hypnotise his victims.
Mr. Aruna told the commission upon his arrest that the five calabashes of black soap and liquid remedy found in his home aided him to defraud three Nigerians and a Dutch of a total sum of N18 million.
By bathing with the soap, Mr. Aruna’s victims became hypnotised and parted with their money willingly, he claimed.
A business said
The first victim, Rudulf Fleamer, supposedly got into a business deal with Mr. Aruna in which the latter was to supply the Dutchman, who runs a heavy metal company, Heavy Metals Trading BV Netherlands, with metal snippets from Nigeria; to be paid for in dollars.
The classic 419 scam was done across the Netherlands and Nigeria without any physical contact between the two parties. In all, Mr. Aruna allegedly gained a total sum of $94,000 from his victim.
Mr. Fleamer claims he was attracted by the mouth watering deal that Mr. Aruna offered; Mr. Aruna on the other hand claims that his good luck soap had charmed the Dutchman.
A Steel dealer said
Mr. Aruna supposedly carried on his trade by claiming to be a dealer in all kinds of metals. In addition to the deal with Mr. Fleamer, allegedly to supply a large quantity of stainless steel, magnesium ingot and magnesium cast, Mr. Aruna also swindled three Nigerians of about four million naira, having assured to sell them a large quantity of magnesium and battery dust.
Mr. Aruna told the EFCC that he used the proceeds from the scams to build a five- bedroom apartment in the border of Lagos, as well as purchase a car and another property in Ogun State.
The suppose, a father of five, was arrested in his home at Oju Ore, Sango-Ota, in Ogun State, and remains in the custody of the EFCC.