Fake model agents
Two suspected fake model recruitment agents, Stanley Odachi and Chuks Oragwu, have been arrested for allegedly luring young girls to hotels and bars, and dispossessing them of their money and property.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the modus operandi of the suspects was to pose on the social media as model recruitment agents to lure teenage girls aspiring to become models.
It was gathered that after luring the victims to appointed venues, the suspects would collect their phones on the pretext of taking their pictures, which would be shown to their boss, and they would later disappear with the phones.
Our correspondent learnt that the suspects were arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad while luring another victim to a hotel in the Igando area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro learnt that as of the time of the suspects’ arrest, about five girls had reported to the police that the suspects absconded with their phones and money on the pretext of registering them for modelling jobs.
The victims, in their statements to the police, stated that they met the suspects on Instagram through which they requested young models to enlist with their agency for modelling contracts.
One of the victims, identified simply as Betty, told the police that she saw an advertisement on Oragwu’s handle, requesting models to register for a contract.
She said, “I sent a friend request to him. we got chatting. Eventually, my friend and I were asked to show up at a shopping complex opposite the International Trade Fair Complex, Lagos-badagry Expressway. we were four girls in attendance.
“when we got there, Oragwu conned us into surrendering our mobile phones after making us