Lady Disguised As Best Friend’s Lover, Defrauds Her of N3.7m & Car

Detectives at the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos, are unravelling a case of fraud involving an asthmatic patient, Bose (Deborah) Bamidele.

The 26-year-old Ikole, Ekiti State indigene, manipulated the voice setting of her phone and pretended to be different persons to defraud her best friend, identified only as Abimbola, of N3.7m, and another woman, Glory Etuk, of about N1m.

The Punch gathered that Bamidele met 30-year-old Abimbola in the Anthony area of 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.

As the friendship grew, the suspect invented a character, Dapo Awosika, whom she said just returned from the United States and could make a good suitor for Abimbola.

Through telephone calls and Whatsapp chats, Bamidele (while acting as Awosika) defrauded Abimbola of N3.7m.

She allegedly created more characters, including an elderly female evangelist, through whom she persuaded her second victim, Etuk, to part with about N1m.

The police had 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, who worked with an advert agency, The Punch on Tuesday that she could not believe that her best friend was behind her ordeal.

She said, “I met her in 2016 when I rented a new apartment at Anthony. She worked as the manager of a cleaner’s on my street and I patronised the shop. She told me that she needed help and that her children and husband had died. I pitied her and shared everything I had with her.

“Last year, she said her late husband’s family usually performed a ritual whenever a person died in their family and that they would bring the person’s spirit back to life to give information about his fortunes. Later, she said her late husband had spoken and he said he had a house on Banana Island. She said she was worth billions of naira and needed some money to clear some of the property. I gave her some money.

“We were more than friends; we were sisters. In September 2017, she introduced me to one Dapo Awosika, whom she said was her late husband’s friend. I talked to the man on the telephone. She was the intermediary and sometimes gave me the guy’s message.”