A United States female citizen, Vonapolouis Moss, who was rescued by Nigeria police after she was allegedly scammed by suspected internet fraudster otherwise known as ‘yahoo boy’, Joshua Awoleye, has promised visit Nigeria again despite her financial loss and disappointment.
Moss of 2962, W 64th Court, Merrillville, Indiana 46410, USA who claimed to have been lured into the Country on January 9, 2023, by the 23-year-old conman she met on TikTok social media site.
According to The Punch, the victim alleged that Awoleye also claimed to be an American by the name of Howard Adams and is currently working in Nigeria, claiming to need 1,000 USD which she was first ripped off.
The report said after the Higher Diploma student of the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin allegedly ripped her off thousands of dollars since she arrived Nigeria on January 9, 2023, through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, after which she flew into Ilorin the next day and was received by the suspect in a hotel.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen during the parade of the her online lover, at the Police headquarters in Ilorin on Friday, Vonapoloius said, “I like Nigeria and i will like to come back but what i want now is to go back to America”.
US victim, revealed that she likes the Country’s environment however stated that she likes to go back to America.
Vonapoloius recalled that she arrived in the country on Monday night and moved from Lagos to Ilorin on Tuesday morning.
“We met on social media and he invited me to visit Nigeria but when I came, he took me to the bureau de change to change money to Nigeria currency and he also took me to ShopRite. When the money on me finished, he told me to tell my people to send more money.
Briefing journalists, the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Paul Odama, alleged that Joshua Awoleye who hails from Sabo-Oke Road, Ilorin lured the foreigner from the United States of America to Ilorin, Kwara State Capital, lodged her in a Hotel and defrauded her of thousands of dollars.
The police boss recalled that “On January 12, 2023, at about 1200 hours, based on actionable intelligence, operatives of the SCID at the Kwara State Police command arrested one Awoleye Joshua Oluwatofunmi, “male” of Sabo-Oke Road, Ilorin, within the premises of a hotel on Flower Garden Road, Ilorin, in company with one Vonapolouis Moss, “female” an American citizen.
Part of the Commissioner’s brief partly read, “A preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect, who is an internet fraudster known as Yahoo Boy, presented himself to the victim on TikTok, a social media platform, as an American by the name of Howard Adams and ripped her off for about 1,000 USD.
“The suspect later took a step further by luring the victim to fly into Nigeria on January 9, 2023, through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, after which she flew into Ilorin the next day and was received by the suspect”, he said.
The Commissioner further alleged that suspect also deceitfully took an unspecified amount of USD from the victim before she was rescued by police operatives.
He explained that “the necessary authorities have been contacted for appropriate action”, the police chief said, the suspect has confessed to being a Yahoo suspect during interrogation by the police.
But he assured that he would not be handed to the Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission but would be investigated by the Police and charged to court after a diligent investigation of the alleged crime.
Speaking on his level of involvement, the Commissioner noted that “the rescued victim has been moved into secure custody by the State Police Command, pending her return trip to the USA”.
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