EFCC arrests social media Influencer, four suspected fraudsters

EFCC arrests social media Influencer, four suspected  fraudsters


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arrested four alleged fraudsters and one Adedamola Adewale, a social media influencer, for their alleged involvement in internet-related fraud.

This was disclosed on the Commission’s tweeter handle on Tuesday night.

Adewale, 20, and his accomplice, Lamina Hamzat Ajibola, were arrested at the Agungi area of Lekki, Lagos State, according to the EFCC Lagos Zonal Office along with the three suspected fraudsters, Israel Onyebuchi, Emmanuel Olayode and Valentine Nwokorie were picked up at the Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos State.

Adewale and Ajibola were arrested through intelligence linking them to online fraudulent activities with two brothers, Lasisi Wasiu Adeleke and Lasisi Riliwan Adeniyi, who are at large.

They were arrested at a four-bedroom duplex where they took to ostentatious lifestyle, according to the Commission, belongs to the two run-away fraudsters.

During interrogation, Adewale, a self-acclaimed model, who goes by the username @adeherself on Instagram, confessed to being a  picker” in cyber crimes. He usually poses as a lady to hoodwink her foreign “preys”.

Items recovered from the suspects include two Toyota Camry 2009 model cars, and a sum of N9,000,000.00 (Nine Million Naira only), which was found in Adewale’s account.

The other suspects;  Onyebuchi,  Olayode and  Nwokorie were  arrested for their alleged involvement in a romance scam.  They  were arrested during another raid, following a separate intelligence.

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EFCC investigation revealed that Nwokorie  was posing  as a female American Citizen and sending  photos as a porn star to defraud his victim while Onyebuchi was  engaging in a love scam as well as forging foreign cheques.

Items recovered from the suspects include laptops and mobile phones.

The Commission said that the suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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