It all began in September 2011, when Olutunji Oluwole employed “Francis” as his cook. “Francis” played the role of a dutiful cook and quietly blended in. But six months later, after a nice dinner, Olutunji and his family suddenly passed out and remained unconscious for 18 hours. When they finally regained consciousness, they found out that “Francis” had poisoned them and robbed them blind.
Several weeks later, Olutunji discovered that “Francis” had been employed by another family in the same estate, this time as ‘Joshua’, with a completely different identity and a fictitious employment history to match. True to his criminal nature, ‘Joshua’ had also begun to poison his new employers and had even secured assistance from another domestic worker.
To prevent this from happening to anyone else, Olutunji founded VerifyMe.
Funded as a Biometric enrolment and data capture provider
Expanded to retail services covering over 100,000 real estate tenants
Built Nigeria’s first integrated verification platform
Obtained a licence to operate as an identity verification provider
Developed technology infrastructure layer for ID and address verifications
Secured Series A financing from Consonance Investment Managers. Launched identity verification API for high throughput customers
Signed up 30% of commercial banks for ID and address verification. Approved by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) as a National Identification Number (NIN) enrolment partner. Awarded ‘Technology Solutions Company of the Year’ by Business Day