Social media influencer, Adeherself, was rumoured to have been sporting a fake identity but it looks as though all is not what it seemed.
In lieu of the latest information released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) regarding the case of the ‘influencer,’ Nigerians are left even more puzzled as the latest details of the case does not match what was earlier reported.
Adeherself or Adehimself? cos Adeconfused.
— + (@ph_dofie) July 7, 2020
In June, the commission revealed that it arrested five suspected internet fraudsters including Adeherself. The statement read:
“During interrogation, Adewale, a self-acclaimed model, who goes by the username @adeherself on Instagram, confessed to being a picker” in cybercrimes. He usually pose as a lady to hoodwink her foreign “preys”.”
EFCC Arrests Social Media Influencer, Four Others for Internet Fraud
The EFCC Lagos Zonal Office, has arrested five alleged internet fraudsters, including one Adedamola Adewale, a self-acclaimed social media influencer, for their alleged involvement in internet-related fraud.
— EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) June 16, 2020
That statement led many to believe that one Adewale Adedamola was actually Adeherself and that he set up the social media accounts while the female influencer popularly known as “Adeherself” just acted as the “face.” It appeared established that the lady that many recognised as “Adeherself” was actually named Lamina Hamzat Ajibola who worked with the suspects to commit cyber crimes.
The commission also stated that the sum of N9 million was discovered in her account.
Flowing from this, the latest development on the case as released by the EFCC Tuesday, leaves many puzzled as the commission declared that “Adeherself” had been arraigned on a one-count charge of possession of fraudulent documents.
Described as a “self-acclaimed social media influencer” who is actually named Adedamola Adewale Rukayat, the statement alleged that with an intent to defraud others, she had in her possession fraudulent documents titled “WhatsApp.”
Adeherself had pleaded not guilty to the levied charge.
EFCC Docks “Adeherself” For Alleged Possession of Fraudulent Documents pic.twitter.com/SKrlcekGP0
— EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) July 7, 2020
Nigerians are raising voices of bewilderment at the contrary statements which have emerged, asking questions on the whereabouts of the other suspects who had been arrested.
Efcc is irritating. I thought she was a picker? Where is the guy? What exactly is the real charge here? A document titled WhatsApp that she didn't know was 'false'? What is this ridiculousness?? https://t.co/CqVPUb2Qcl
— PeterRock & WebsiteDesign (@PeterROCK_) July 7, 2020
Some also opined that the charges levied against her ‘held no water’ and she could easily wriggle out of it, if represented by a good lawyer. They also argued that the results of this case are evidence of a hasty, baseless work from the commission.
Just one count!! Adeherself will be released on bail and later sentenced to maximum of 3months. And she goes home for court!!
Why detain her on one count???!!!
— BrHoE➕MUFC?? (@kaszquan) July 7, 2020
From the ‘one count charge’ filed against Adeherself its already clear the direction the case is heading. As always it was bungled by premature arrest in lieu of sound investigations. I doubt EFCC can proof anything or gather any more evidence to successfully prosecute the case. pic.twitter.com/ZR5sZy3hEq
— Emmanuel (@Emmanue41720182) July 7, 2020
Adeherself is just being used as a posterboy. See the the thread they created just because 'social media influencer'. Not supporting fraud whatsoever, but EFCC shouldn't pride itself in small fishes like this. The agency was created for a lot more.
— Ay?deji (@datmastermind80) July 7, 2020
Adeherself was just charged on possession of fraudulent documents. If she has a good lawyer, she can wriggle out of this one.
— Beautiful Buoy (@BeautifulBuoy) July 7, 2020
For some other Nigerians, the Adeherself case is a ploy by the anti-graft agency to distract Nigerians from the recent allegations of fraud levied against the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.
EFCC IS ONLY TALKING ABOUT ADEHERSELF’S CASE SO YOU ALL CAN FORGET ABOUT THEIR OGA MAGU’S CASE.
ALL NA DISTRACTION, NO GO FALL FOR THEIR MADNESS.
— Optimus Dammy (@Optimus_Dammy) July 7, 2020
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