“Is Adeherself actually ‘herself?'” | Confusion trails arraignment of Social media Influencer

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. 

 

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”.”

 

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.

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. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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