The police have arrested three suspected internet fraudsters that allegedly impersonated music maestro, King Sunny Ade, and fleeced unsuspecting members of the public of over N3.1 million
The suspects, Lawrence Femi, 27, his girlfriend, Rebecca Oyebode, 23 and Oyewumi Abiodun, 27, were arrested by detectives attached to Special Intelligence Bureau, SIB, the Vanguard reports.
According to the media outlet, this comes after King Sunny Ade made an official complain to the Commissioner of Police that some persons were using his identity to defraud innocent Nigerians. It was learned that the suspects created a King Sunny Ade fan page on Instagram, which they used to make fake advert placement entitled KSA USA TOUR. They requested interested persons to contact them. Over 55 persons are said to have paid money to the fraudsters, according to police sources, the Vanguard says.
Reacting to the unfolded events, King Sunny Ade revealed that he found out about the scam after people started calling his phone number to say that they have paid the money into his account.
“They will say they are this and they got paid for a visa,” the legendary musician tells the Vanguard. “When it was getting too much for me, I had to invite the police to trace those behind the impersonation, so that my name would be cleared and people would know that I am not the person defrauding them.
“I have never done anything like that in my life and career. I am a law-abiding citizen of this country. So, I had to call the police to come and help me,” he adds.
On how he felt when he heard that his name was being used to commit fraud, he answers: “It was like someone loading a gun in your presence and corking it. I advise the police to help me recover all the money got from all the victims and refund it to them.