Barber allegedly transfers N600,000 to self from woman’s stolen phone

By Vivian Ibobo

#TRackNigeria: A 19-year-old barber, Sikiru Amusa, who allegedly stole a woman’s phone and subsequently transferred the sum of N600,000 from her bank account into his own account, was arraigned in court on Thursday.

Amusa, who resides at Awoyaya Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos, is being tried for conspiracy bordering on stealing, before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The prosecutor, Insp . Raji Akeem, had told the court Amusa and other persons at large committed the offences on Sept. 21, 2018 at the Trade Fair Complex, Ojo, Lagos.

Akeem said the accused stole the phone of the complainant, Mrs Rebecca Aimnaniragbe, when she was at the trade fair after which he debited her account.

“Amusa used the complainant’s First Bank mobile application to transfer N600,000 into his own personal account without her consent,’’ he said.

The accused went as far as buying some items online from her account without her permission.

The prosecutor said the complainant saw an alert of N600,000 from her account to another account and thereafter went to her bank to check.

Akeem said the complainant discovered in her bank account statement that the accused had stolen the money through her phone which he had stolen and his name appeared on the transaction.

“Through the name of the accused, the complainant searched his name on facebook, saw the face of the same man who stole her phone in the market,” he told the court.

She reported the case at the police station where they subsequently got Amusa arrested.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 411 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Magistrate, Mrs Jadesola Adeyemi-Ajayi, granted Amusa a bail of N100, 000 with two sureties, whose addresses must be verified.

She subsequently adjourned the case until March 18, for mention. (NAN)

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