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How Man Installs Apps On Neighbour’s Phone, Transfers N120m

The Nigeria Police Force, NPF, Bauchi State Command has arrested a 35-year-old man, who allegedly defrauded an unidentified businessman in the state of N120 million.

While addressing journalists on Wednesday in Bauchi, the Command’s Spokesman, SP Ahmed Wakil, said that the command had made significant breakthrough in the case by arresting the suspect.

“The arrest stems from a complaint filed on April 1, 2024, regarding suspicious withdrawals totalling N2,068,000 from the complainant’s business bank account,” he said.

Wakil said that following the complaint, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Auwal Musa,  directed the State Intelligence Department to promptly investigate the case. 

“Their meticulous efforts revealed that the suspect had unlawfully withdrawn a significant amount of N120 million from the complainant’s bank account.

“During interrogation, the suspect admitted to betraying the trust of his neighbour, the complainant, with whom he had shared a market space for over fifteen years,” he said.

Wakil further said the suspect disclosed that a friend he had met at Federal Polytechnic Bauchi in 2011, convinced him that he could make money by accessing the wealthy individual’s phone.

“Exploiting the complainant’s trust, the suspect deceitfully borrowed his phone, allowing his accomplice to install financial applications such as Opay and MoneyPoint on it. 

“This access enabled them to transfer the funds to different bank accounts on various occasions,” the police spokeman said.

Wakil said that some of the exhibits recovered from the suspect include, eight tricycles (Keke Napep), N35,000,000 in cash, and two uncompleted buildings.

Other items are sixty bags of cooking charcoal, thirty bags of fertilizer, two  motorcycles and two industrial sewing machines.

He said that the suspect’s sudden wealth and change in lifestyle led to suspicion, and when questioned by his uncle and girlfriend, attributed his fortune to engagement in online trading. 

Wakil said that upon the completion of investigation the suspect would be prosecuted in court.

He advised the public to remain vigilant and ensure the security of their financial platforms.(NAN) 

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