A 26-year-old lady, Bose (Deborah) Bamidele from Ikole, Ekiti State, has been arrested for manipulating the voice setting of her phone and pretending to be different persons to defraud her best friend, Abimbola, of N3.7m, and another woman, Glory Etuk, of about N1m.
According to Punchng, Bamidele met 30-year-old Abimbola in Lagos State sometime in 2016. The duo became close friends after the suspect claimed that she had no relatives and her husband and children were dead.
The suspect later invented a character, Dapo Awosika, whom she said just returned from the U.S and could make a good suitor for Abimbola. Bamidele (while acting as Awosika) defrauded Abimbola of N3.7m and a car.
She allegedly created more characters, including an elderly female evangelist, through whom she persuaded her second victim, Etuk, to part with about N1m.
The detectives at the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos, later received a petition from Abimbola and arrested Bamidele, expecting her to produce her collaborators, only to discover that she allegedly masterminded the whole act.
Abimbola revealed that she could not believe that her best friend was behind her ordeal. The bubble burst when Abimbola found the suspect on Facebook posing with her car and read her posts celebrating her daughter’s birthday; whereas she had said all her children were dead.
The second victim, Etuk, who was still visibly shaken by the revelations, revealed that she met Bamidele in 2014 and the suspect claimed to be in dire need of accommodation, which she gave her and lent her N1m for her supposedly sick sister.
Bamidele, who was paraded at Zone 2, demonstrated how she deceived her victims by changing the voice settings in her phone.
“I am Mummy Elizabeth. Dapo (Awosika), Modinat, Mummy Elizabeth, Uncle Joe, Daddy. I played all the roles. I am sorry for everything. I am ready to face the consequences of my actions,” she said