A 45-year-old man identified as Mr Olugbenga has revealed how his lover fled with his ATM card and allegedly withdrew N1 million, which is an estimated R37 710, from his bank account.
According to reports, Olugbenga who is a business man was visited by Thelma Kimberly, who is based in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, at his residence on Victoria Island, Lagos State, on May 17, 2018.
Punch City Round learnt that the lovers had a beautiful day touring the environment before they returned home to cap it all. The 45-year-old man reportedly slept off after which Kimberly who is 22 fled with his ATM card and a mobile phone.
She was said to have made withdrawals, transfers and purchases at a supermarket in Lekki using PoS.
Olugbenga reported the case at the Ikoyi Police Division and Kimberly was eventually tracked down this month.
A police source said that while the suspect was on the run, an order was sent to a bank she used to place a restriction on her account.
“The man then sent N100,000 to her bank account as bait with a belief that the bank would alert the police as soon as she made attempts to withdraw the money.
“However, she succeeded in withdrawing the N100,000. She even snapped the police order sent to the bank and sent it to the lover on WhatsApp.
“The police had written to the bank querying why the money was paid to her despite the order. Altogether, she made away with N1m,” the source said.
The suspect, in her statement to the police, confessed to the crime but said she returned the phone to the complainant through the manager of a restaurant on Victoria Island.
She said, “I met Olugbenga in 2016 in Port Harcourt when he visited my foster father, who is his friend. On May 17, around 8:00pm, I visited him in his residence on Victoria Island. He took me out and we bought some things. We had fun several times when we came back. He was tired and slept off.
“I left with his phone and ATM card and I made withdrawals of N150,000 at ATM stands in Obalende, Ikeja and VI. I went to a supermarket at Lekki Phase I and spent N363,000. I paid through PoS.
“I also did transfers of N250, 000 to some accounts. I gave some people from the money. I was just spending it and can’t calculate how much I spent altogether.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, said the suspect had been arraigned before a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court.
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