The Lagos State Police Command on Thursday, April 29 arrested a painter named Moses Olaitan and his accessory, Segun Omoshola for allegedly scamming a woman they met on Facebook of about 51 million naira while impersonating as Oba Saheed Elegushi of Ikateland.
Hakeem Odumosu, the State Police Commissioner while parading the suspects said that they were tracked for about three months before their eventual arrest.
Olaitan said: “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.”
Segun, 48, said the painter introduced him to the victim, adding, “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.”