Man, 65, Arrested For Trying To Transfer Money From A Murdered Man’s Account


A look at 65-year-old Akpan Joseph , will never pass him for
a fraudster, owing to his seemingly calm disposition. But he is currently
cooling his heels at the dreaded Lagos State Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad,
SARS, in Ikeja.

Reason? He was reported to have gone to one of the Ilorin
branches of a first generation bank,on January 7, 2015, posing as one of the
account holders , who had come to transfer the sum of N1 million from his
supposed account , into two separate accounts,

Meanwhile, the authentic account holder, a 35 year-old
business man identified as Chinedu Mba, was murdered four months earlier by
unknown gunmen in his apartment in Gindiri Jos, Plateau state.
Back in the banking hall in Ilorin, Joseph was asked to sit
down while the transaction was being processed. Unknown to him, the cashier who
apparently suspected something was amiss, had called in the police. Joseph was
reportedly arrested and later transferred to the Lion building division in Lagos.
Thereafter, he was transferred to the SARS.
On further checks, the late Chinedu Mba’s phone was also
discovered from Joseph.
In this interview with Crime Guard, he claimed to have been
hired by a man whose name he simply gave as Benson, to make the transaction,
with a promise to be given N200,000 at the end. He further stated that the said
Benson also handed the decease d’s sim card to him.
Hear the Akwa-ibom state born : “ A man called Benson , whom
I met about ten years ago while I was a security man at Tin Island ports, took
me to Ilorin for a business transaction.
He did not give me full details of the business transaction
but he promised to give me 20% of the amount . The way he described the
business made the transaction look so easy and without complications .
We travelled to Ilorin on January, 5, 2015 and lodged in
Henry George hotel for two days.
Thereafter, Benson gave me a filled fund transfer form
before we proceeded to Union bank where he asked me to submit the form, posing
as the account holder. The filled form was an instruction to transfer N500,000
each into two separate GTB accounts with name Victoria Abikele.
But to my surprise, the cashier looked intently at me and
back to the computer system before him. Before I knew it, I was arrested . And
when I turned to look for Benson, he was no where to be found”
Journey to MTN to
retrieve decease SIM card
It was after I was arrested that I got to know that the
owner of the account was murdered. I am not the killer. I was in possession of
the sim because Benson went to MTN office in Ilorin to retrieve the number of
late Chinedu, while I waited for him in the car. On his arrival, he handed the
phone to me.
I didn’t kill the late Chinedu. I didn’t even know that he
was dead. Right now I feel very stupid for my action because I never thought I
would get into this kind of trouble. I wish Benson would be arrested. He has
answers to the questions at hand.
I strongly believe that an insider in the bank gave Benson
the information that Chinedu was dead, that is why he had all the details about
the deceased.

Ah! what will my family say? I told my wife in the village
that I was going to Seme to buy second hand clothes. I didn’t tell her I was
travelling to Illorin for a business transaction”, he said in an emotional
laden tone.

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