A Lagos-based surveyor, Mrs Halimot Awosika, is now distraught after a sum of N558,000 was taken from her bank account shortly after losing her phone to a robber on January 9, 2018.
Awosika, who resides at Ketu-Ijanikin area of Lagos, had gone out to purchase some items for one of her daughters who was to resume in the Lagos State Model College, Badagry, when she was dispossessed of her android mobile phone by an unidentified robber inside a bus she boarded.
It was while she was still trying to come to terms with the reality of the robbery a few hours later that she received the alert on a new phone she bought that the money had been withdrawn by the robber.
She said: ” I was preparing to buy things for one of my daughters who is returning to her school, Lagos State Model College at Kankon, Badagry, so I visited an ATM centre in Okokomaiko to cash a sum of N8,000 for the shopping.
“I never knew that I was being trailed by the robber who boarded the same bus with me, disposed me of my phone and hurriedly jumped out of the bus. Before I knew it the robber withdrew all the money in my bank account with the United Bank for Africa (UBA) totaling a sum of N558,000 through online mobile transections using different phone numbers.”
Awosika said she reported the matter to Okokomaiko Police Division on February 2 but nothing has come out of police investigation so far.
“I also reported the matter to my bank and even obtained my bank statement showing how the money was taken from my account using different phone numbers. The money belongs to some of my clients and they have been disturbing me to refund the money if I cannot carry out their jobs; I don’t know what to do.”
She added: ” I have also visited several police formations and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in order to apprehend the culprit but all my visits have not yielded fruits at all.”