The son of Nigeria’s King of Fuji Music, Wasiu Ayinde Adewale Omogbolahan Olasunkanmi Anifowoshe, a.k.a K1 De Ultimate, has been arrested in the United States over $2 million wire fraud involving “fake romance” and non-existent job offers around the world.
Sultan Omogbadebo Anifowoshe, 26, aka Ayinde, was arrested in Chicago, Illinois, following a multi-nation investigation that started with a criminal complaint filed on December 4, 2018, in the U.S. District Court in Chicago.
He was arrested along with several others in Illinois, Texas and Nigeria.
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Reports said suspects arrested in Illinois included Daniel Samuel Eta, 35, Babatunde Ladehinde Labiyi, 20, Barnabas Oghenerukevwe Edjieh, 29, Kwam 1’s son, Sultan Omogbadebo Anifowoshe, 26, aka Ayinde; Babatunde Ibraheem Akarigidi, 39, Miracle Ayokunle Okunola, 21, Olurotimi Akitunde Idowu, 55.
Adewale Anthony Adewumi, 27, was arrested in Texas while Olaniyi Adeleye Ogungbaiye, 26, aka DonChiChi was nabbed in Nigeria’s commercial city of Lagos by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
One of the alleged schemes involved “romance scams”. Such scams start with a “love affair” online that ends with a conspirator convincing the victim to send money to a predetermined recipient.
One report said “the suspects who funneled the proceeds into their personal bank accounts or overseas, often Nigeria, reportedly used the money at least 3 times to pay for vehicles on behalf of a Nigerian car company owned by one of the defendants”.
It added that “in addition to the romance and mystery shopper schemes, the complaint also accused the conspirators of engaging in various other cyber-enabled scams, including investment and employment frauds”.
If convicted, the suspects will be facing a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
The King of Fuji Music, Wasiu Ayinde Adewale Omogbolahan Olasunkanmi Anifowoshe a.ka. K1 De Ultimate who discovered his interest in music when he was 8 is a revered musician in Nigeria.
He gained fame early in life. And although his parents initially opposed his passion, he continued to pursue his dream and by the time he was 15 he had won various local musical competitions.
These days in Nigeria, his fans and followers seem to worship him and others see him as a god or mythical creature.
The arrest of his son for fraud may just be a reminder that after all he’s just a father with real life challenges to deal with.