32-year-old Rachael Godwin, a physiotherapist at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, has revealed how her boyfriend, an Internet fraudster identified as Olumide, forced her to wear pants, which he was said to have used for money rituals.
Explaining her ordeal with Olumide, Godwin said she met him January 2018 on a Bus Rapid Transit vehicle travelling from Ikorodu to Ikeja.
According to her, she found herself lost in love with him within a little time, to the extent of giving him her savings and paid his hotel bill of N185,000 for four months.
She stated, “I met Olumide in January 2018 on a BRT vehicle that was travelling to Ikeja from Ikorodu. I work at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, as a physiotherapist.
“We started talking and became close friends and lovers. He told me that he had gonorrhoea and I treated him. I guess he must have hypnotised me such that I really didn’t know what I was doing. I gave him my entire savings; he even lodged at a hotel at Kosofe, Ketu, for four months and I paid the bill of N185,000.
“He later took me to his father at Ikosi. They live in a very unhealthy environment, which made me to pity them and I offered to help. I rented a house for myself in November 2018 and he visited me in the house that same month.”
Continuing, Godwin said December 12, 2018, Olumide visited her to discuss her plan to buy a Toyota Venza, He was said to have searched the internet, and put the cost at N11.8m.
When asked how he would raise money for the car, Olumide allegedly requested that they open a joint account to save-up for it.
Godwin said, “I used my land documents to get a loan and even promised to gather all I had in my account. My trouble started on December 14, 2018, when he came to my house and gave me one of my pants to wear.
“I refused to wear the pants because I was not comfortable with the request. He called one of my neighbours, Helen, who helped him to force me to wear the pants. After I was forced to wear the pants, I lost my senses and was taken to my mother’s house.
“I was taken to Ibadan for treatment and I got better. I did not suspect him then. I kept relating with him. On December 31, 2018, I went to a church for thanksgiving. I was given some prayer points to be said at midnight.
“While I was praying sometime in January, Olumide started shouting, ‘Stop praying, they have wired the money, it is only $2,000 from Alaska in the USA.”
Godwin consequently reported her boyfriend to the police and he was subsequently arrested.
In his confessional statement, Olumide denied Godwin’s allegations, adding that he was surprised that the $2,000 is just N750,000 when converted.
He said he gave Helen N300,000 and also gave part of the money to an unnamed man.
Confirming the development, the state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, said on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Mu’azu, that the case was still being investigated at the command headquarters and that Olumide would be charged to court at the conclusion of the investigation.