Criminals impersonate Fredrick Leonard; obtain £38k from victim
Charles Osaigbovo and Evans Obayaedo were arrested for impersonating Nigerian actor and filmmaker Fredrick Leonard.
The suspects were apprehended by operatives from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s Lagos Zonal Command.
They were apprehended in response to a petition written by a British national against Leonard.
The petitioner claimed she met Leonard on the social media platform TikTok and later fell in love with him.
She also alleged that Leonard approached her with a proposal to invest in a film production.
According to her, a sum of £38,000 was transferred to the suspects as investment in the purported film production.
She petitioned the EFCC after she realized she had been duped and all efforts to recover her money yielded no result.
Investigations revealed that the suspects, who were later arrested in Ibadan, Oyo State, had been impersonating Leonard to defraud unsuspecting people on social media.
EFCC’s spokesman Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed the development, assured that the suspects will be charged to court once the investigation is concluded.