A United Kingdom based-Nigerian lady, Mrs. Ajoke Moriselade on Thursday told a Lagos State Magistrate Court sitting in Ebute-metta how an alleged fraudster, Salami Oluwatobi Peter, who claimed to be the Oba of Lagos defrauded him of N15 million.
Moriselade told the court that the alleged fraudster obtained the money from her under the false pretence that he would get her a slot at the Lekki Free Trade Zone in Lagos.
It would be recalled that the said fake Oba of Lagos, Salami Oluwatobi Peter, was arraigned before Chief magistrate Akorede Ajibade by the men of State Criminal Intelligence Investigation Department (SCIID), Panti-Yaba, Lagos, led by Sergeant Olalere Olalekan, on August 18, 2017, on charges bordering on conspiracy, impersonation, fraud, forgery and stealing.
Though, the accused persons had pleaded not guilty to the charges and admitted to bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum, he is yet to meet the bail terms.
At the resumed trial of matter on Thursday, Mrs. Moriselade while being led-in-evidence by the prosecutor, in an emotion laden voice said, "I was duped under false pretence of dealing with Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty, Oba Osuolale Akiolu, to procure a slot in the proposed Lekki Free Trade Zone Airport project.
"I met the accused person, Salami Oluwatobi Peter, on facebook in 2016, through a friend request from Oba of Lagos and profile picture was that of Oba Osuolale Akiolu".
The fraud victim also explained that after two months of consistent chat, the accused who disguised as Akiolu sought for financial assistance that he want to do business at America worth N250 million.
She stated that upon his request, she advised him to contact people like Asiwaju Bola Tinubu or the then Governor of Lagos Babatunde Fashola to get the assistance.
According to her, after several pleadings, she lend him the sum of N5 million, with a promise that he would pay back after the contract.
Morisalade further stated that after the first assistance, the fake Oba of Lagos, called her again and introduced her to a business that she should buy a share in a company that after three month she would make profit that would be deposited in her account here in Nigeria.
She also stated that the alleged fraudster later sent her a form through DHL and asked me to deposit N5 million to start with".
She stated that after giving him the second N5 million, the alleged fraudster stopped picking her call, and that she did not received any update as regards the business.
Moriselade said when she queried the accused person, she was told that the money earlier transferred was too small to make her a shareholder and that she later send another N5 million to him.
When the prosecutor, Inspector Oladele asked her when did she discovered the man behind the mask?
Moriselade said when the accused stop picking her call she added his number on a social media platform, Snap Chat, with the hope of leaving a message only to discover that the profile picture was that of a young man not Akiolu.
"So I decide to play along and disguised to be his admirer in other to get the truth, I later sent him two phones and an Ipad worth £800 through my younger brother in Nigeria.
"I gave my brother the defendant phone number to call him for delivery and I confirmed he actually received it.
She further stated that when her younger brother gave her the description of the receiver it was the same with the picture she saw on snap chat. And that was when she discovered that she have been dealing with a fraudster.
The police had alleged that the 27 years old and others now at large, had in the month of August, 2016, at 8, Olokonla Street, along Ajah, in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, conspired among themselves and fraudulently obtained the sum of fifteen million naira from the complainant.
The offences according to the prosecutor, Inspector Oladele Adebayo are contrary to and punishable under Sections 312, 380(1) and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Further hearing has been adjourned till February 14 and 15 for cross examination of the victim, and continuation of trial.