A man identified as Ola has been accused of stealing seven hundred thousand naira (N700,000) from his friend’s bank account, an act which sadly caused his friend’s untimely death.
The alleged theft accusation was made by the wife of the victim, Monsurat Wahab who stated that, her husband died as a result of the shock from the unauthorized withdrawal.
Her husband, Isak Wahab who was the victim is a 60 years old. According to PUNCH, Monsurat disclosed that Ola who is a close friend to the family, stole his husband’s ATM when he visited their house at the Ikotun Area of Lagos state and begged for financial assistance.
She said, “Ola was a close friend to our family, particularly my husband. He had financial difficulties with his rent and he came to my husband to tell him that he wanted to sell his generator so that he could raise money to pay his rent. My husband told him not to do that and said he (Isak) was expecting payment from our tenants and he could help. My husband then gave him N10,000.
“Meanwhile, we did not know that Ola had taken my husband’s ATM card and he withdrew money from it amounting to N700,000. He withdrew the money in tranches of N200,000, N300,000 and another N200,000.”
According to son of the Victim, Ajibola said the case had been reported to the Ikotun Police Station for investigation. He added that the suspect has not been seen after he was accused of being responsible for the death of his friend.
Giving more information of the development, Ajibola said that the suspect stole the ATM card when his father got intoxicated while they drank together.
He said, “Last Thursday, my dad was not alright, but I felt it was just ordinary malaria or a small illness. But later, I was told that it was serious and I had to call my siblings. We later learnt from our mother that our father was defrauded by Mr Ola.
“My father died on Friday and we buried him on Saturday. After his burial, we went to his friend’s house, confronted him and while arguing with him, we seized his phone. Since that day, we have not seen him.
“As I speak to you, I have his phone with me and we have reported the case at the Ikotun Police Station. He had issues and needed money and our father promised to help and gave him N10,000.
“Now, Mr Ola took our father’s ATM card, went to a POS operator, and transferred about N700,000 from his account to other accounts. When our father saw it, he was deeply sad and this led to his death because he never expected that his best friend would do that to him.”
Ola’s house was contacted to get his side of the story but on getting to his community he was not found.
However, a boy whose name is Ifa Dollars and was identified as his younger brother said his brother has no hand in the death of his friend.
“I heard what they said my brother did, but I don’t know anything about it. If my brother was involved in any way, they are the ones that know what they have been doing.”
When asked about his brother’s whereabouts, “I don’t know his whereabouts.” he said.
The deceased’s family says that the case was reported at the Ikotun Police Station on June 23, 2022.
But after contacting The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, he said nobody reported the incidence to the police.