BY: ENANI BENSON
A 22 years old school drop out who impersonated the Alake of Egbaland, His Royal Majesty Oba Michael Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo on Facebook has been arrested by the police.
The suspect whose identity was given as Gani Bolaji Adoti Akinmade was alleged to have opened the Facebook specially to commit crime adding that a UK based Nigeria business woman had already fallen victim of his criminality.
The spokesperson of the Special Fraud Unit SFU Milvantin Ikoyi, Ngozi Isintumen – Agwu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) confirmed that it was while the suspect was about cashing the money sent to him by his ‘prey’ through Western Union Money transfer that he was arrested.
According to her, “An information was received by the SFU alleged that a suspected fraudster with phone number 08096897566 opened a facebook account with the name of HRM Oba Micheal Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo the Alake of Egbaland and attempted to swindle one Olubukola Awofeso, a UK resident whom he met on social media of the sum of N300,000.00
The suspect further attempted to lure the victim to partner in a business of supplying 300 transformers valued at N1.77Billion.
Investigation by the SFU revealed that Gani Bolaji Adeoti AKinmade is 22years old and a native of Odeda Local Government area of Ogun State. He drop out from Tai-Solarin College of Education Ijebu-Ode.
The suspect admitted culpability but was quick to add that he conspired with one Sey Lewis and Ifeanyi to perpetrate the fraud. He added that it was Seyi who asked him to use his FCMB Account Number for the fraud and that it was while he was trying to withdraw the sum of N13,050.00 sent to him by another US based victim through Western Union Number FCL9992000 that he was arrested.
Meanwhile, the impersonated royal father has since debunked the allegation that he was on Facebook “I do not have a facebook account let alone know one Bukola, a Nigerian based in the UK, I am a traditional ruler what time do I have to open a facebook and begin to chat to the extent of making business proposals?
The police at the SFU had assured that the fleeing accomplices would soon be round up also warned members of the public to be mindful of the friends they keep on social network.