The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has recovered
and returned the sum of 10,000 Euros, to F. Mercade, a French citizen, who was
a victim of internet love scam. The fund was wired to the
victim through his account in France on the recommendation of the French
Embassy in Nigeria.
Roger Balima, French Police
Liaison Officer, who confirmed the receipt of the funds by the victim, thanked
the EFCC for the good job.
Mr. Mercade was duped by two
internet fraudsters, Omodara Adedapo Oluseye and Adesuyi Ayodeji Adedapo, after
he was deceived into a phantom relationship that was supposedly altar-bound. The scam was reported to the
Commission via a petition from the French Consulate in Lagos, on behalf of
The petitioner alleged that he
met a Nigerian beauty by name, ‘Kate Williams’ on the internet sometime in 2009
and they developed a relationship which was to culminate in marriage.
‘Williams’ was to relocate to
join Mr. Mercade in France, to consummate the relationship.
While Mr. Mercade planned the
logistics of the relocation, ‘Williams’ who purportedly did some jobs for an
unnamed company in Nigeria, came up with a story that the company refused to
pay ‘her’ for job done.
‘She’ sought the assistance of
Mr. Mercade and the ‘couple’ contacted a lawyer named ‘James Robert’, to
procure traveling documents and also help her claim money from the company
Mr. Mercade parted with the
sum of 25,000.00 Euros, through Western Union, in processing his brides’
passage with no bride in sight. Eventually, it dawned on him that he had been
Investigations into the matter by the Commission revealed
that ‘Kate Williams’ is the pseudonym of Omodara Adedapo Oluseye, a male
student of the College of Agriculture, Akure, who, however, resides in Ibadan,
Mr. Omodara’s accomplice,
Adesuyi Ayodeji Adedapo, assisted in collecting the money transferred by the
victim from the Akure, Ondo State branch of a new generation bank, using forged
The duo were prosecuted on a
two-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence before a
Federal High Court Lagos, convicted and sentenced to one-year imprisonment each
without an option of fine.