By: RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Barely a month after a medical doctor was arrested over fraud through fake bank alert, a fake lawyer has also been nabbed in Lagos by the police for a similar offence.
The suspect, who has been parading himself as a lawyer and claiming to be Barrister Adeleke was alleged to have made a fake bank transfer alert of the sum of N77,500.00 to one Mrs. Olumide after the purchase of a Techno- Canon X-pro phone.
Identified as Destiny Otubanbo, the suspect, according to report allegedly committed the act at a selling outlet located at Ikota Shopping Complex, Ajah on 24th May, 2018.
It was gathered that the suspect had approached the victim on the faithful day and claimed he was cashless and needed to make a cash transfer after purchasing the phone.
Unsuspicious of the faith that was about to befall her, the victim was said to have given the suspect her account details to which a fake bank alert was made by the him.
To convince Olumide of the transaction, the suspect, as learnt, showed her a debit alert from Zenith account number 2110746005, titled, Desitny Ayo Adeleke.
Believing it to be a genuine transaction, the victim released the phones to him and requested for his phone number, which turned out to be fake and the account number non-existent.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police Edgal Imohimi, while confirming the arrest said the suspect was apprehended by detectives from FSARS and the local police component through intelligence and uncommon strategy.
” Detectives from FSARS and local police component got hold of one Marian Amuche ‘f’ the girlfriend of the suspect whose pictures were downloaded from the suspects instagram page.
The said Marian Amuche ‘f’ led detectives to arrest the principal suspect Destiny Otunba ‘m’. On interrogation, Destiny confessed to the crime and that he had sold the phones to buyers he met online.
This case was reported by one Mrs Olumide against one Destiny Otubanbo ‘M’. On the 24th May, 2018, the suspect Destiny Otubanbo approached a phone selling outlet located at Ikota Shopping Complex Lekki, Ajah Lagos.
He 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.
Detectives from FSARS and the local police component, got hold of one Marian Amuche ‘f’ the girlfriend of the suspect whose pictures were downloaded from the suspects instagram page”, the police boss stated.
Edgal disclosed two Techno phones, one i-phone; ten SIM cards belonging to different networkd and Lawyers gown and wig were recovered from the suspect.
He added that nvestigation is ongoing on the matter 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 and that he will be charged to court at the end of the investigation.
The suspect, who did not denied the allegation in a chat with journalists, however expressed the confidence that hr will be vindicated.
He claimed to have read law at the Udegbe North-American University Republic of Benin, but was not call to the Bar.
On the lawyer’s giqn and wig found on him, the suspect said he bought them.at the open market and make use of them to deceive his victims.