- A security guard reportedly stole N2m from a school’s account
- Having confessed to the crime, he told the police that he regretted his action because his boss had awarded scholarships to his four children
- The police advised employers to always keep chequebooks and ATM cards away from unauthorised persons
A security guard, Oyekunle Abolarin, has reportedly been arrested by operatives of the Lagos state police command for allegedly using four stolen cheque leaves to withdraw N2m from a school’s account.
The police on Sunday, August 19, said the suspect’s accomplice, Are Bankole, was also arrested for allegedly providing a bank account which the school’s funds were paid to, The Punch reports.
According to the police public relations officer, CSP Chike Oti, the state commissioner of police, Edgal Imohimi, received a complaint from the proprietress of the private school that withdrawals were made on four different occasions, between April and July 2018, from the school’s account.
Oti said the proprietress, who alleged that she had received four debit transaction alerts to the tune of N900,000, N800,000, N150,000, and N600,000, had urged the police to conduct an investigation to unravel the people behind the withdrawals.
He said operatives of the command were mobilised and their investigation led to the arrest of the suspects.
CSP Oti said: “Sequel to her complaint, the commissioner of police mobilised a team of detectives from the State Intelligence Bureau, led by CSP Vera Ameh, to fish out the brains behind the felonious act.
“Through diligent investigation, a 42-year-old security guard of the college, Oyekunle Abolarin, of Shoyebo street, Alapere, Ketu, was arrested. During the investigation, he (Abolarin) confessed to the stealing of four different cheque leaves belonging to the school. He thereafter called in his brother-in-law, one Are Bankole, who provided the Diamond Bank account which the various amounts were paid to.”
Oti, who said the suspects were in custody, added that Abolarin told the police that he regretted his action because his boss had awarded scholarships to his four children.
He also said Imohimi advised employers of labour to do a thorough profiling of their employees and keep chequebooks and ATM cards away from unauthorised persons.
PAY ATTENTION: Read the news on Nigeria’s #1 new app
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the Lagos state police boss, on Wednesday, August 15, said eight officers were dismissed over “very serious criminal offences”, while six others were demoted in ranks.
Edgal also said that 108 officers were disciplined for various offences from January to July 2018 in the Lagos state command.
He made the disclosure at a Stakeholders’ Forum on “Police Accountability and Presentation of Advocacy Materials at the command’s headquarters, Ikeja.
The police chief said that 58 other officers recorded major entries, six officers reprimanded, 28 officers got warning motors, four officers had extra fatigue, while five others were discharged for lack of evidence against them.
See the faces of newly arrested criminals in Lagos state - On NAIJ.com TV