Operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) have arrested two suspected impersonators who pose on social media as models recruiting agents, luring young models to hotels, bars and stealing their money and properties in Lagos.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the suspects identified as Stanley Odachi, 27 and Chuks Oragwu, 31 were arrested in the course of luring another victim to an hotel in Igando, Alimosho, Lagos.
It was further learnt that no fewer than five girls have lodged their complaints with the Decoy Team of the RRS that the suspects carted away their money and mobile phones under the pretext of registering them for modelling jobs.
According to reports, four young models did not press charges while two other victims disclosed that they were having examination in school and could not make formal complaint.
All the suspects, who are still in and out of school stated that they encountered the suspects on Instagram through the advertisements on their handles requesting young models to enlist with their agency for modelling contract.
The victims added that they were subsequently asked to report at hotels, where they were made to surrender their mobile phones, which the suspects escaped with.
While reacting on the incident, CP Hakeem Odumosu, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police advised Lagosians to be cautious about the kind of business transactions they engage in on social media, especially with strangers and unconfirmed sources.
He added that Lagos would not be a breeding ground for criminals.
The two suspects along with their receiver have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for further investigations and prosecution.