Abiodun Joseph, a suspected Internet fraudster has been arrested by the Ogun State police command.
Abiodun is said to have impersonated the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on his Facebook account and defrauded two Nigerian ladies resident in the United States of America (USA) of different sums of money. He was arrested last week Wednesday, (April 19) at Ilese in Ijebu North East Local Council of Ogun state.
The suspect, alongside three other suspected armed robbers and kidnappers were paraded at the state’s command headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta yesterday.
The police, stated that the suspect had allegedly obtained the sum of N600,000 illegally through bank and mobile transfers.
The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, said Joseph had been using his Facebook and Whatsapp accounts to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
Ahmed said: “On interrogation, he owned up to the crime and confessed that he has duped some people to the tune of N600,000”.
Joseph admitted to committing the crime, stating that he opened the Facebook account in October 2016 for the sole aim of defrauding people.
According to him, he downloaded Ooni’s pictures from the Internet and used them on his Facebook account and immediately, people – mostly ladies began to send him friend requests, thinking he is the monarch.
Joseph disclosed that several ladies sent him private messages saying that they wanted to be his ‘Oloris’ (wives) thinking he was genuine and this gave him the opportunity to defraud some of them.
“In our chats, I told them that they had to pay some money if they were really interested in being my Olori. Two of them based in the United States of America sent N600,000 to me through money transfer. One sent N350,000 and the second one sent N250,000.”
Another lady (Among the numerous ladies) who wanted to be his wife asked that he buy her a house worth N45 million, but he cunningly told her that she had to pay N5 million out of the amount and he would make up the balance for her.
He was still expecting the N5 million when the police stormed his residence and arrested him. Joseph asked that for forgiveness from Oba Ogunwusi, stating that he is full of remorse.