Operatives of the federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a 27 years old man, Destiny Otubanbo for defrauding business owner hough fake bank alerts.
It was gathered that the suspect, had bought exotic cars, phones and other valuables with his fake bank alerts.
The state police commissioner, CP Imohimi Edgal while parading the suspect at the police command headquarters on Monday said Otubanbo met his waterloo when he had approached a phone selling outlet located at Ikota Shopping Complex Lekki, Ajah Lagos.
He had bought three Tecno Camon X-pro phone all valued at N377,500 paying with the fake bank alert.
Edgal said, “ On the 24th May, 2018, the suspect had introduced himself as Mr. Adeleke, a legal practitioner and requested for a Techno Camon X-pro phone valued at seventy-seven thousand, five hundred Naira only ( 77,500:00).
“He claimed he was cashless and wished to pay through telephone transfer the total sum of three hundred and seventy seven thousand, five hundred Naira only ( 377,500:00).
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 unknown to her that it was a fake alert, the phone number unreachable and the account number non-existent”
CP Edgal said detectives from FSARS and the local police component, got hold of one Marian Amuche the girlfriend of the suspect whose pictures were downloaded from the suspects instagram page.
“Exhibits recovered from him are two Techno phones, One i-phone, ten SIM cards belonging to different networks, Lawyers gown and wig.The said Marian Amuche led detectives to arrest the principal suspect Destiny. On interrogation, Destiny confessed to the crime and that he had sold the phones to buyers he met online”
Speaking on his alleged crime the suspect said ” I am a student of American University but I dropped out of school because there was no money to continue my education.
I don’t go to court to represent anybody but I bought the gown and wig so for N35,0000 just to show off on my instagram page that I am a Lawyer. This is my fifth deal in defrauding people.
The first one was in Port Harcourt where I generated a false alert and bought a car for N5million but the buyer did not sense it was false”.
Asked how he generated the fake alerts, the suspect said ” I have false Zenith bank account. I would falsify the original alert with the use of computer and make it look real”.
CP Edgal said “investigation is ongoing with a view to understanding the suspect’s modus operandi and discovering other crimes he may have committed through various SIM cards recovered from him.
At the end of it all, he will be charged to court” He said business owners to be wary of fake bank statement.