By: Sola Omoniyi
Police rescue American woman lured to Nigeria by 23-year-old internet fraudster
Operatives of the Kwara State Police Command have rescued an American woman, Vonapolouis Moss, in Ilorin, after being allegedly lured to Nigeria by a 23-year-old suspected internet fraudster.
The state commissioner of Police, Paul Odama, identified the suspect as Awoleye Joshua Oluwatofunmi, of Sabo-Oke Road, Ilorin.
According to the CP, Vonapolouis Moss of 2962, W 64th Court, Merrillville, Indiana 46410, USA, was allegedly lured into the country on January 9, 2023, by the suspect, who ripped her off over 1,000 USD.
“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 of one Vonapolouis Moss, “female” an American citizen,” the commissioner said.
“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 of 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 Muritala 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. Meanwhile, the rescued victim has been moved into secure custody by the State Police command pending her return trip to the USA,” he added.