A three-man robbery syndicate was on Wednesday paraded at the Lagos state police command.
The suspects, including a driver who identified himself as Mayowa Adenuga, allegedly cloned the credit card of his employer, (oga) an unnamed businessman and stole about N2.9 million from his accounts within three days.
Adenuga said he had collected his boss’ Automated Teller Machine, ATM, card while he was washing the vehicle.
In his confession before newsmen at the command headquarters in Ikeja, Adenuga said he ran the ATM through a software– Credit Card Revealer, CCR.
He said he generated a new pin for it before handing it over to his syndicates, Opeyemi Adewale, 18, and Jeremaiah Titoye, 29, to go and shop at Mega Plaza and Shoprite.
Adenuga said, “Before I started driving my Oga, I used to be a fraudster. I went to a computer institute and so, I developed the device which we used to clone credit cards.
“Honestly, my boss has been very good to me. It’s not up to a year I started working for him but he has always treated me kindly. I know I should have returned the card to him when I saw it but I just wanted to test the software whether it will work. And when I tried it and it worked, I knew that I could not use it myself because of the surveillance cameras at the ATM points.
“So, I sent them and asked them to withdraw N200, 000 which they did. The following day, I told them to go to Mega Plaza and buy Apple laptop, phones, wristwatches and I also told them to go to Shoprite on Victoria Island and the one at Ikeja for shopping.
“Everything they bought amounted to N2.7 million. I did not work with any telecommunication company to bar my boss’ calls and text messages. I blocked his calls and sms on his phone when I had access to it.
“That way, he was not able to make calls or send sms for about three days until he went to the subscriber to complain.
“I feel bad and I regret my actions. I am willing to pay back all that I stole from my boss. I am very sorry about my action,” Adenuga pleaded.
But 18-year-old Adewale said he never knew the ATM card was stolen.
He said he thought that the owner was related to Adenuga since they bear the same surname.
“Adenuga gave me N20, 000, an i-Phone, a BlackBerry Z10 and a designer wristwatch, while Titoye was given N10, 000 an i-Phone and a wristwatch,” Adewale confessed.
The state Commissioner of Police, CP, Fatai Owoseni, who paraded the suspects said the trio have submitted all the items gotten from the stolen ATM card, adding that they will be made to face the law.