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EndSARS protester ‘swindles’ woman of N800,000 while in prison

While detained at the Ibara Correctional Center in Abeokuta, Ogun State’s capital, an EndSARS protester reportedly defrauded a 32-year-old lady of N800,000.

Francis Adekunle was identified as the suspect by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ogun command.

While parading the suspect at the command’s headquarters in Abeokuta on Tuesday, Ogun NSCDC Public Relations Officer Dyke Ogbonaya said Adekunle, who was discharged in October, was apprehended for his participation in the violent EndSARS demonstration of 2020.

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The suspect was reported to have committed the fraud while in prison through an accomplice, who was also on detention, according to the NSCDC.

Ogbonaya said the suspect initiated a relationship with the woman via a Facebook account, lying to the woman that he had issues with his boss, who had later facilitated his being in the facility.

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“He then introduced the victim to another inmate who is on death roll at the facility as his uncle and sought her assistance to secure his freedom,” he said.

The NSCDC spokesman said the “fake uncle” who is on death roll, also introduced the woman to a lawyer.

“The woman has been crediting the lawyer’s account so as to release her lover from the facility,” it was said.

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Ogbonaya revealed that Adekunle was apprehended at trailers park, Kuto, Abeokuta, adding that another of his accomplices, Lucky, was currently at large.

While saying the suspect would be handed over to the police, Ogbonaya warned youths to desist from online relationships.

Speaking with journalists, the suspect confessed being in a love relationship with the victim.

He, however, denied swindling the woman of the said amount.

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