Fraudster pretending to be Oba Elegushi defrauds woman of N51m
A painter, Moses Olaitan, and his accomplice, Segun Omoshola, have been paraded by the Lagos State Police Command for impersonating the Elegushi of Ikate land, Oba Saheed Elegushi, to defraud a woman they met on Facebook of N51 million.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, said that detectives nabbed the suspects three months after they committed the offence.
Explaining how it happened, Olaitan said that he opened a Facebook account with the name of Oba Elegushi and began to post different photos of the monarch.
He disclosed that the woman’s ordeal began after she connected with him online and expressed the desire to marry a king.
“Everything happened on Facebook. I impersonated Oba Saheed Elegushi on Facebook and used his pictures. She (the victim) connected with me online and said she wanted to marry a king and we started from there. I told her that if she wanted to marry a king, she needs to do some cultural activities and she agreed.
“She told me to send my account number, but because I didn’t have an account number, I contacted Segun, who provided the account used for collecting the money.
“I was paid N2.5m and it was when I was brought to the command that I got to know that what she paid was N51m. How I was arrested was that the police tracked my cousin’s number. I was making arrangements for my birthday when the police arrested me,” Olaitan said during his parade at the Lagos police command headquarters in Ikeja on Thursday.
The 48-year-old accomplice, Omoshola, said that he only got N3.5 million from the whole deal.
“I took him to those who provided the account used in collecting the money from the woman. I collected N3.5m. I was shocked when I heard that the money was N51m,” he said.