The Lagos State Police Command have arrested a driver, Mayowa Adenuga, who allegedly withdrew a sum of N2.7 million from the bank account of his employer, Prof. Simbo Banjoko, who is a lecturer at the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
Adenuga, who stole the ATM card during a trip to The Bells University, Ota, with his boss, was aided by two accomplices, Adewale Opeyemi and Jeremiah Iyitoye.
According to Punch News, the prime suspect confessed to the crime after an intense investigation by the state police.
On one occasion, the suspect withdrew a sum of N200,000 from the bank account through the ATM, and allegedly bought four iPhones, valued at N495,000; one Macbook laptop, valued at N415,000; 10 wristwatches, a Blackberry and a ring, Punch reports.
An officer at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, gave a brief detail about how the operation was carried out.
“The suspect is the lecturer’s driver. He is also a computer expert. He hid the ATM card for three days and when he saw that the man did not look for it, he used software to get the PIN."
"He called Adewale (Opeyemi) and handed over the card to him for safekeeping, saying it belonged to his sister."
“When he drove his boss out again at another time, he had access to the man’s phone and deliberately entered the wrong PUK number three times which led to the blockage of the line.”
Upon reactivating his phone line, Banjoko received an alert that a sum of N2,728,255 had been withdrawn from his bank account.
This prompted him to make a report at the police station where investigations began immediately, according to a source.
“At that point, he received 30 alerts that a total of N2,728,255 had been withdrawn from his account. He reported the matter to the police, and the case was transferred to the RRS."
“When the matter got to the Anti-Vice Section of the SCIID, the police arrested the driver and after interrogation, he confessed to the crime and named his accomplices."
“The police recovered two iPhones 6 Plus, two iPhone SSE, one Macbook laptop, seven GT Shock wristwatches, one Blackberry Z10, one ring and two bags.”
The suspects who were arraigned on Friday, September 9, 2016, were charged with two counts of stealing before Mrs. O.A. Erinle, of the Yaba Magistrate’s Court.
Their offence is punishable under sections 409 and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.
Erinle, who is the court magistrate, granted the suspects bail in the sum of N800,000 with two sureties in like-sum.