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Crime & Punishment of Saturday, 14 January 2023


US lady narrates how ‘Yahoo boy’ lured her to Nigeria

Awoleye Oluwatofunmi Awoleye Oluwatofunmi

Awoleye Oluwatofunmi, a suspected internet fraudster, has been nabbed for allegedly luring Vonapolouis Moss, an American citizen, to Nigeria.

According to the Kwara state police command, Oluwatofunmi allegedly defrauded the American citizen of $1,000.

The suspected internet fraudster was paraded on Friday at the Kwara police headquarters in Ilorin, the state capital.

In a statement, Ajayi Okasanmi, police spokesperson of the state, said the suspect via TikTok presented himself to Moss as an American named Howard Adam and allegedly extorted about $1,000 from the victim.

“On January 12, 2023, at about 1200 hours, based on actionable intelligence, operatives of the SCID at the Kwara State Police Command arrested one Awoleye Joshua Oluwatofunmi, “male” of Sabo-Oke Road, Ilorin, within the premises of a hotel along Flower Garden Road, Ilorin, in company with one Vonapolouis Moss, an American citizen.

“A preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect, who is an Internet fraudster known as Yahoo Boy, presented himself to the victim on TikTok, a social media platform, as an American by the name of Howard Adams and ripped her off for about 1,000 USD.

“The suspect later took a step further by luring the victim to fly into Nigeria on January 9, 2023, through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, after which she flew into Ilorin the next day and was received by the suspect.

“The suspect also deceitfully took an unspecified amount of USD from the victim before she was rescued by police operatives.

“The necessary authorities have been contacted for appropriate action,” Okasanmi said.

According to him, the victim had been moved into secure custody by the state police command pending her return trip to the USA.