A 26-year-old undergraduate along with his 35-year-old accomplice has been arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Lagos State for allegedly scamming seven women via Facebook.
The suspect, Ademola Adebayo, a 400L student of Computer Science is alleged to make use of luxurious pictures on Facebook as bait to lure his victims.
The reports reveal that Adebayo later took his victims to a hotel with the excuse that he had a business deal for them, during which he robbed them of their valuables.
The suspect was arrested following a complaint lodged at the Ikeja police command by one of his victims.
Following his arrest, Adebayo confessed to the crimes, saying:
“One of the ladies I defrauded was Rita. She came to a hotel in the Oyingbo area. We had met on Facebook and I agreed to do a deal with her. She was a woman willing to have a sexual affair with me for money.
“I invited her to the hotel and asked how much she would take. She said $1,000, and I said it was okay. I collected her phone. I asked her to come for the money at a hotel in the Victoria Island area. So, she believed me and left.
“I checked the contacts on her phone and that was where I got the contacts of other ladies I defrauded. I was trying to lure another friend of hers when I was arrested. I have done it to seven ladies. I usually meet the young women on Facebook, and it is either I add them or they add me.
“I usually uploaded rich pictures on Facebook, which attracted them to me. Fetuga was the one I usually gave the valuables to sell. He sold each of the phones for N6,000.”
The accomplice identified as Toheeb Fatuga was reportedly in charge of selling the stolen items. Telling his side of the story, Fetuga said:
“He came to me that he wanted to sell the phones. When I asked him where he got the phones from, he said some ladies in his school were in need of money to complete their projects and examinations.
“He had come about seven times and I gave him about N6,000 for each of the phones. We usually met at different places. He would call and say we should transact business.”
Confirming the arrests, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, revealed that investigations were still ongoing.