65-year-old Joseph Akpan must be regretting his decision to commit a monumental fraud by stealing from a dead man, as he is currently languishing in the cells of the Lagos State Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, in Ikeja.
According to the Vanguard Newspaper, the Akwa Ibom State indigene was arrested on the 7th of January, 2015, while trying to transfer the sum of N1 million naira into two separate accounts in a bank in Ilorin, Kwara State.
But the shocker was that the money did not belong to him but it belonged to a 35 year-old business man identified as Chinedu Mba, who was murdered four months earlier by unknown gunmen in his apartment in Gindiri in Mangu local government area of Plateau State.
Akpan's albatross was in the frame of the bank cashier, who apparently suspected some foul play, discretely called in the police while pretending to transact the transfer.
Akpan was duly arrested and transferred to the the Lion Building Division of the Lagos State Police Command from where he was moved to the state SARS.
But Akpan, in his confessional statement, claimed he did not know that the account belonged to a dead man as he was hired by a man whose name he simply gave as Benson, to make the transaction, with a promise to be given N200,000 at the end.
In September 2014, a 55-year-old man, Chief Jude Dike, was arrested for leading a gang of armed robbers to terrorise residents of Lagos Island. Are the oldies taking over in crime?