Arrested: Fraudster who impersonated the Ooni of Ife on Facebook, to dupe 2 U.S-based ladies
Abiodun Joseph, who impersonated the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on his Facebook account, and had duped two Nigerian ladies based in the United States of America of various sums of money had been arrested by the Ogun State Police command.
Joseph was said to have been arrested last Wednesday 19th April at Ilese. He allegedly duped the ladies to the tune of N600,000 which he had been paid through money transfer.
The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, said Joseph had been using his Facebook and Whatsapp accounts to dupe unsuspecting members of the public. Joseph said he opened the Facebook account October last year, purposely to defraud people.
He said he uploaded Ooni’s pictures and in no time, people mostly ladies began to send him requests, many commenting on his good looks. Joseph revealed that many ladies sent requests to him that they wanted to be his ‘Oloris’ thinking he was genuine and this was how he was able to defraud some of them.
He said, “But in our chats, I told them that they have to pay some money if they are really interested in being my Oloris. Two of them based in the U.S fell for the scam and sent some money totalling N600,000 to me through money transfer mode.”
Some of the ladies were really desperate, as some of them sent nude pictures, showing their breasts and private parts. Joseph, however, said one of ladies had demanded that he should buy her a N45m house for her.
But Joseph said he told her that she had to pay N5m out of the amount and he would make up the balance for her. He was still waiting for that N5m last Wednesday before the police swooped on his residence and arrested him.