Driver steals UNILAG lecturer’s ATM card, withdraws N2.7m

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Samson Folarin

A driver, Mayowa Adenuga, has been arrested by
operatives of the Lagos State Police Command for
allegedly stealing his boss’ Automated Teller
Machine card and withdrawing over N2.7m.

Also arrested were suspected accomplices in the
crime – Adewale Opeyemi, 18, and Jeremiah
Iyitoye, 29.
a report said that 25-year-old Adenuga,
who is also a computer expert, was employed as a
driver by a lecturer at UNILAG, Prof. Simbo
Banjoko.

It was learnt that the suspect had driven Banjoko
to the Bells University on the day of the incident.
While waiting for his boss on the university
premises, the driver found Banjoko’s Zenith Bank
ATM card in the car and hid it.
Our correspondent gathered that when the victim
did not notice that his ATM card was missing,
Adenuga used software to uncover the card’s PIN
code.
After withdrawing N200,000 from the bank account
through the ATM, he allegedly bought four
iPhones, valued at N495,000; one Macbook laptop,
valued at N415,000; 10 wristwatches, a Blackberry
and a ring.
It was learnt that a total of N2,728,255 was
withdrawn from the victim’s bank account.
The theft of the ATM card was said to have been
referred to the Rapid Response Squad, which later
transferred the case to the Anti-Vice Section of the
State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence
Department, Yaba.
A source said the prime suspect, Adenuga,
perfected the crime by blocking his boss’
telephone line so that he would not see the alert of
transactions conducted on his account.
He said, “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.”
Our correspondent was told that having succeeded
in blocking the line, the suspect contacted
Opeyemi and linked him up with another friend,
Iyitoye.
He allegedly asked the duo to make transactions
with the card on his behalf.
The two men were said to have gone to Shoprite,
Ikeja, and Mega Plaza, Victoria Island, where they
withdrew N200,000 and purchased the iPhones,
Macbook laptop, wristwatches and other items
through POS transactions.
It was gathered that the loot was shared among
the three men.
A police source explained that Banjoko, who
noticed that his telephone line had been blocked,
took it to a telecoms centre, where it was
reactivated.
“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 6S Plus, two
iPhones SSE, one Macbook laptop, seven GT Shock
wristwatches, one Blackberry Z10, one ring and
two bags,” the source added.
The suspects were arraigned at the Yaba
Magistrate’s Court on two counts of stealing.
The charge read in part, “That you, Mayowa
Adenuga, Adewale Opeyemi and Jeremiah Iyitoye,
on July 2, 2016, on Olanireti Fesan Street, Magodo,
Isheri, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did
steal the sum of N2,728,255 only, property of one
Professor Simbo Banjoko.”
The police said the offence was punishable under
sections 409 and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos
State, Nigeria, 2011
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The magistrate, Mrs. O.A. Erinle, admitted them to
bail in the sum of N800,000 with two sureties in
like sum.
She added that one of the sureties must be a
blood relation of the defendants, who must be a
landlord within the jurisdiction of the court.
The case was adjourned till October 17, 2016.

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