EFCC arrests social media influencer Adeherself, others for internet fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a female social media Influencer ,Adedamola Adewale, also known as Adeherself for internet fraud.

Adewale was arrested alongside one Lamina Ajibola in a four-bedroom duplex in the Agungi area of Lagos State. The apartment is said to belong to two brothers, Adeleke and Adeniyi Lasisi, who are at large.

The EFCC, in a series of tweets on Tuesday, alleged that Adewale confessed to being a picker (courier) for Internet fraudsters.

The anti-graft agency also arrested Israel Onyebuchi, Emmanuel Olayode and Valentine Nwokorie in the Ibeju-Lekki area of the state for their alleged involvement in a romance scam.

Investigation revealed that Nwokorie was posing as a female American citizen and sending photos as a porn star to defraud his victim while Onyebuchi was engaging in a love scam as well as forging foreign cheques.

The agency tweeted, “The EFCC Lagos Zonal Office has arrested five alleged internet fraudsters, including one Adedamola Adewale, a self-acclaimed social media influencer, for their alleged involvement in internet-related fraud.

“The five suspects were apprehended in different areas of Lagos during a raid by operatives. While Adewale, 20, and his accomplice, Lamina Hamzat Ajibola, were arrested at the Agungi area of Lekki, Lagos State, the trio of Israel Onyebuchi, Emmanuel Olayode and Valentine Nwokorie were picked up at the Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos State.

“The arrest of Adewale and Ajibola was a sequel to intelligence linking them to online fraudulent activities with two brothers, Lasisi Wasiu Adeleke and Lasisi Riliwan Adeniyi, who are at large. Intelligence also linked them with alleged flamboyant lifestyles.

“During interrogation, Adewale, a self-acclaimed model, who goes by the username @adeherself on Instagram, confessed to being a picker in cybercrimes.”

According to the EFCC, two Toyota Camry 2009 model cars and the sum of N9m found in Adewale’s account were seized.

The agency added that the suspects would be charged upon the completion of an investigation, adding that laptops and mobile phones were recovered from Nwokorie and his accomplices.

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