Fake model agents

The Punch - - NEWS - Oluwatosin Omo­juyigbe

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

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