Sunday, 19 May 2013


Officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Ondo State have arrested one Arowolo Femi for duping a girl he met on the Facebook of N850,000 

Mr. Arowolo was also accused of duping a Reverend Father of his Honda Accord 2007 model with number plate CU 730RSH under the pretext that he would help him sell the car. 

A statement by the command’s spokesman, Kayode Balogun, said the suspect was arrested in Akure after the girl he duped came to report him. 

Mr. Balogun said in March 2013, the suspect duped one reverend father (name withheld) of his Honda Accord 2007 model by lying to his younger sister that he would marry her. She then introduced him to the reverend and he prayed for them. 

The suspect later told the Reverend Father that he was a car dealer to which the Reverend told him he wanted to sell his car. The suspect allegedly collected the car to sell in Lokoja; but ran away with the car in March. 

Mr. Balogun said efforts to reach the suspect had been futile until he was arrested in Akure. 

He said the suspect was invited to Akure by the girl he met on facebook after they had been friends for a month. 

Mr. Balogun said after meeting the girl, he passed the night in her house. During the night, the suspect checked her phone and found out that she had money in her account; he pleaded with her to lend him N850,000 to clear some of his goods at the port in Lagos, the civil defence said. 

When it dawned on the girl that the suspect, who came back the second day to collect the money, was about to dupe her she reportedly contacted men of the civil defence who came to invite the suspect for questioning. 

The state commandant, Popoola Waheed Bamidele, therefore advised member of the public to avoid dating people they don’t know on social network. 

Mr. Bamidele said the rate at which people have been duped on social network recently has been on the increase and charged women to be careful with the use of social network. 

The commandant said the car recovered from the suspect will be handed over to the Reverend while the N850, 000 he collected from the woman will be recovered. 

Mr. Bamidele added that the suspect would be charged to court accordingly.

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