BREAKING!! Akeredolu Arrested In India
A 48-year-old Nigerian national from New Delhi was arrested on Wednesday by the VP Road police for allegedly duping a Rs 1.16 crore diamond broker from southern Mumbai, IndiaExpress notes.
The police said Akeredolu Joseph Olajide, the accused, is part of the larger community that creates fake social media profiles, approaches people via these accounts and then dupes them under the pretext of sending gifts.
On 10 October last year, the gang approached the diamond dealer, a resident of Girgaon who has an office at Bharat Diamond Bourse in BKC, on Instagram.
The profile was created with a woman’s name, Alex Zendra, the police said. They added that the defendant claimed to be a ship captain in the United Kingdom.
We started talking on WhatsApp, and a couple of days later, Zendra told me she loved me and wanted me to get married. In Mumbai, she aspired to start a company with me. She sent me a video on October 17, showing branded shoes, gold chains, watches, and US dollars, and claiming she’s sending them to me,’ the broker said in a statement to the police.
The broker got a call from a woman posing as a customs official while he was awaiting the package. She informed him that at the airport a package had been intercepted and the broker had to pay money to unlock it. He ultimately transferred Rs 1.16 crore to different bank account numbers.
The broker also visited New Delhi in the midst of this, where he met a man who showed him the US dollars confiscated from the package, who also posed as a customs official.
The broker later, sensing something amiss, approached the VP Road police station, where cheating was registered under the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act.
The police found out during the investigation that the accused was born in Delhi. A team was dispatched consisting of sub-inspectors Dhavesh Patil and Siddhesh Joshte and constables Prabhakar Aher, Sachin Sarwade and Kumar Pathrut.
It was difficult to locate the accused, as they turned off all the phone numbers they had called the broker from. We couldn’t find their exact location,’ the officer said.
But the police got the Internet Protocol address and traced the broadband service provider in New Delhi, as the callers had used the Internet to get in contact with the complainant.
We then managed to get the suspect’s name and photograph, which was sent to the complainant. Olajide was arrested by Tilak Nagar after he named the suspect as the one he had encountered in New Delhi, the officer said.
On Wednesday, he was taken to Mumbai and detained. He was brought in court, which placed him in custody of the police. Several mobile phones and bogus US dollars were confiscated from him by the police.