A one hundred-stage half-time pupil of a journalism institute, Falope Oluwole, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly duping no fewer than 33 males.
Oluwole, a 22-12 months-previous undergraduate, was alleged to have posted the photograph of a United States feminine make-up artist, Shayla, on his Instagram web page, by means of which he duped the unsuspecting males who requested for a relationship.
It was gathered that the suspect’s motion had been monitored by operatives of the Fast Response Squad for some weeks.
He was trailed to a membership in Ikeja Metropolis Mall the place he was arrested ultimately on Thursday.
It was gathered that the suspect just lately celebrated his birthday at an upscale nightclub in Lekki, Lagos, the place he reportedly lavished over N500,000 on meals and drinks.
A supply stated Oluwole’s actions on Instagram have been positioned below investigations when the police obtained a criticism about an Instagram deal with @blackberbiedoll, used for prison actions, which was later traced to him.
The suspect was additionally reported to have maintained @froshwhite007 and @froshwhite individually on Instagram for a similar felony intent.
One among his victims, who recognized himself solely as Bernard, mentioned he obtained a friendship request from @blackberbiedoll, including that he accepted it pondering that a feminine owned the account.
He mentioned, “Apparently, the image on the account was that of a woman. The woman in query messaged me on BBM. Actually, I assumed I used to be chatting with a lady who claimed to be in Nigeria on the time.
“She lied to me that her father was a Nigerian and her mum, a Kenyan. At a degree, she lied that she was constructing a magnificence outfit within the Ikota Buying Mall, VGC, and that she was in want of some cash to finish the mall.
“I needed to switch N1m to her. Weeks later, I bought suspicious of the account title, Oluwole Israel Oluwaseun Falope. I ran a search on Google and that was once I found it was a rip-off.”
One other sufferer, who didn’t wish to be recognized, stated he paid N100,000 into the suspect’s account “to assist her style outfit.”
Oluwole, in his assertion to the police, mentioned he began the fraudulent act about two years in the past, including that he had duped no fewer than 33 males on Instagram.
He stated the least quantity he acquired from any of his victims was N80,000.
He stated, “After I began, a lot as I pretended to be a woman on the cellphone, some males didn’t imagine me. I then downloaded an utility on Google retailer, which reworked my voice into that of a woman at any time when I had a dialog. I bought a number of photos of Shayla, a reasonably US girl, on my profile. Since then, males began disturbing me and calling to request a date.
“What I do is to evaluate individuals based mostly on their look on Instagram. I add them and thereafter open up conversations with them earlier than I deliver up all types of tales to dupe them. At some extent, I lied to most of them that I had an accident and I misplaced my ATM card. I advised them that I wanted some cash. A few of them had been beneficiant sufficient to ship cash into my account.
“I even lied to them that I used to be placing up a boutique and saloon at Ikota, VGC and Lekki, and that I wanted cash.”
Investigations revealed that the proprietor of the images the suspect used, @Shayla, had complained to Instagram that some Nigerians have been utilizing her photographs to rip-off unsuspecting members of the general public.
It was additionally learnt that the suspect claimed to be a buddy of Toke Makinwa, Tonto Dike, Don Jazzy, Peter Okoye, amongst different high celebrities.
Our supply added that Oluwole’s declare about being a combined race was additionally a lie; slightly, he bleached his pores and skin.
“He admitted bleaching his pores and skin to flee the taunting of women that he was ugly,” the supply stated.
Gadgets recovered from the suspect included, one iPhone 6, one Samsung Galaxy A5, one Apple pill, hand and neck chains, some money and a purse.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, warned members of the general public to be cautious of these they talked to on the social media, saying sc
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