An undergraduate who specialised in defrauding unsuspecting members of the public through phony online shopping on Instagram has been arrested by the Ibadan Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Afolabi Ojo, a student of the Polytechnic of Iree (Iree-Poly), Osun State, was arrested following a petition alleging that sometimes in June, 2017, while window shopping on Instagram, the petitioner came across some slippers and shoes on a page “Best Classic Store” purportedly owned by one Kemisola with WhatsApp number 08106802815 displayed on the page.
The petitioner said the sum of N53,000 was paid for some items purchased on the online store into an account purportedly owned by one Oyebola Olasunkanmi with account number 0027735703 domiciled in one of the first generation banks.
But the suspect immediately went incommunicado and did not deliver the goods.
Upon his arrest, Ojo confessed to being the one posing as ‘Kemisola’ on Instagram to deceive people especially ladies into patronizing him.
He said: “I do not have any goods. I only pose as a lady using the name ‘Kemisola’ with the handle “Best Classic Store” on Instagram. Some of the items I used to display for sale include female shoes, slippers, hand bags and wallet. After I have lured my victim to pay, I will disable him from my chat so that he can no longer reach me”.
The suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded, the EFCC said.