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Police Arrest Phones Dealer, Hair Dresser, 5 Others Over Stolen Butchers' Money

                              •The suspects

From Ayobami Ife Abeokuta

The Police have arrested seven persons in connection with fraudulent withdrawal of N1.5m belonging to butchers operating at the  Abiola Way abatoir, behind Majodutimi junction, Abeokuta.

The suspects are Abeeb Sanni, Adewunmi Olanrewaju(phones dealer), Adeosun Olatomiwa, Titilayo Morankiyo(student), Mayowa Morankiyo, Busayo Adeoti(hairdresser) and Esther Olaju.

The butchers' money was lodged in the bank account of one Miss Gbemisola Ajimoh, who helps them to take custody of it as they pay regularly into the account through her.

The butchers were said to have entrusted the money in Gbemisola's care since they could not operate corporate bank account by reason of their illiteracy. 

Until the alleged scam, she also helps them in onward transfer of money to cow dealers upon being supplied with cows by the dealers.

The smooth relationship between Gbemisola and the butchers went awry when she carelessly entrusted her ATM card to Esther Oshin, her friend, who used the opportunity to access the account and found out that it is home to millions of naira.

Esther then sought the service of internet fraudsters who broke into the account after obtaining data of the ATM and siphoned N1.5m out of it to purchase expensive handsets from an online mall to avoid the money being traced to them.

They later took the handsets to the Computer Village, Ikeja, where they sold it at cheaper price to a phone dealer, Adewunmi Olanrewaju (alleged receiver) but they were all arrested one after the other at different times by detectives when Gbemisola complained at the Adatan Police station that her account had been hacked and money moved out of it fraudulently.

The Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, who paraded the suspects at the Police Command Headquarters, Eleweran, said the seven had admitted commiting the alleged offence in their separate statements.

Ajogun added that they have  refunded N1.2m out of the N1.5million stolen from Gbemisola's bank account. 

"The amount recovered will be withdrawn and treated as exhibit. This is a hurried restitution that will not prevent the suspects from being prosecuted for offences they have committed, including the unwarranted on the phone Police detectives," Ajogun said.
 

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