The operatives of the Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, have arrested a 38-year-old man, Omoniyi Ademola, who defrauded Senator Tayo Alasodura of N3 million, while pretending to be a female relative.
The suspect who launched a WhatsApp support group for the Senator using a woman’s picture and putting up favourable post on the group daily which the Senator was also a member of, started defrauding the lawmaker in June 2016, during his campaign for the Ondo State governorship election.
The suspect who is a native of Ikare-Akoko area of Ondo State, however ran into trouble in September, when he attempted to defraud the Senator of an additional N5 million, while claiming he has been kidnapped by some bandits operating along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway.
“He (Senator) was moved by the support I gave him on the group and wanted to know why I was showing so much interest in his campaign since he didn’t commission me to do so.
“I identified myself as Deborah, one of his distant relatives, schooling in Jos. He believed me, then I started swindling him.”
Ademola who sent a text message to the Senator in Hausa dialect, begging him to pay N5 million as ransom or he (Ademola) would be killed, was busted after IRT operatives, led by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, discovered during investigations that the said bandit was nowhere near the Abuja-Kaduna Highway, but was in Akure, Ondo State.
The arrested suspect further said;
“My phone has an application that could turn my voice from that of a man to a woman. “During our chats, I told Senator that I needed money to write my project and he sent me some money and after writing my project, I told him that I had no money to come back home and he sent me some money.
“But few days later, I called and told him that I was involved in an accident and my leg would be amputated. He took pity on me and said he would spend any amount of money in ensuring that my leg was not amputated.
“He asked to speak with the doctor of the hospital I was taken to and I gave him my second number and spoke to him as the doctor. “He then sent me some money for my treatment and feeding. After a long time, he called to check how I was doing and I told him that I wasn’t improving.
“Then he directed me to a place in Ede, Osun State, to continue treatment and sent me money for the treatment and feeding.
“After some months, I called to inform him that I was fine and he asked me to come to Akure so he could see me. He sent me some money for transport.
“While he was expecting me, I sent him a text informing him I had been kidnapped. He immediately stopped talking to me and before I knew what was happening the Police came and arrested me.”