The Edo State Police Command, weekend, paraded a 19-year-old suspected thief alongside others who are members of a notorious gang that specialized in transferring money from their victims’ accounts to their own accounts via mobile phones.
The suspect, David Lucky, said one of their victims alerted the police when she discovered a deduction in her account and raised the alarm.
He was arrested alongside two others at Upper Mission Road in Oredo Local Government Area of the state.
In his confession before newsmen, Lucky said, “We transferred money from people’s account. We used to work for a telecoms company.
“When we see people with big phones, we told them that they could watch satellite TV stations on their phones. We also offered to help them with their subscription.
“Through that process, we also transferred money from people’s accounts. We transferred N100, 000 each from the accounts of two individuals and N10, 000 from another account. We did it on the eve of the New Year.
“The person from whose account we transferred N100, 000 saw us when we were going home and held my friend, who transferred the money and demanded his money.
“From there, we were arrested and taken to New Benin. I regret everything. My dad is late but my mum was fed up with me because of what I did.
“We transferred a total sum of N210, 000 from the accounts of three of victims on the eve of the New Year through the code of a popular commercial bank.”
Parading the suspects, the Commissioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu, said “Lucky and two others – Louis Ogidamen and Theophilus Oko, (aged 19 respectively), were nabbed for allegedly engaging in cyber crime and other fraudulent activities in Benin metropolis.
“Lucky and other suspects had posed as registration agents for a telecoms company during which they offere to register the SIM cards of their victims.
“They also offer to assist their victims to enable financial transactions on their mobile phones and in the process, transferr money from the victims’ accounts to their own account.
“The suspects were under investigation,” the CP added.