A 27-year-old university dropout identified as Destiny Otubambo has been arrested by the Lagos state police for alleged theft.
The state Commissioner of police, Edgal Imohimi, who paraded the suspect before newsmen in the command’s headquarters in Ikeja said Otubambo purchased phones worth N377, 500 from a dealer at Ikota Shopping Complex Lekki, Ajah, on May 24 by generating false bank alert.
“He was given the account details to which the said amount should be credited. After few minutes, he claimed he had credited the said sum. To prove he had, he showed a debit alert from Zenith account number 2110746005, titled, Desitny Ayo Adeleke. Believing it to be true, the shop owner released the phones to him and requested for his phone number. When she did not see the alert, she tried the phone number but it was unreachable and the account number was non-existent.” he said
The victim alerted men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) who were able to arrest the suspect’s lover, Marian Amuche. This lady then took them to where the suspect was.
“Amuche led detectives to arrest Otubambo. On interrogation, he confessed to the crime and that he had sold the phones to buyers he met online.” CP Edgal said.
The suspect confessed to the crime saying that he generated fake alerts by editing original ones. He also stated that there was a time he tried to generate fake N5.3 million but was not successful.
Three mobile phones, 10 sim cards, a lawyer’s wig and gown were recovered from the young man.
He said: “The account is not for me. I forged it. I was arrested last week. I was studying law before I dropped out from school because of financial issues. My dad is late. I bought the lawyer gown from the market for N35,000. I have never been to the court before neither was I called to bar. There was no motive behind buying the gown. I just bought it and uploaded pictures I took on social media.”
The Chief of police has revealed that he will socn be charged to court.