A University of Lagos (UNILAG) undergraduate, Eric Idowu has been declared wanted by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad Unit (Sars) after he scammed a phone dealer, Azeez Bakare who currently serving in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) of 1 million Naira.
Here is the testimonial of the aggrieved Corper who just wants justice to prevail:
“Apart from being a corps member, I run a mobile phone business. On Thursday, August 2, around 4.30pm, I received a call from a customer, who identified himself as Leonard Adeleke. He ordered for three used iPhone 8 Plus and one brand new iPhone X. The address he gave me was no 20, University Road, Abule-Oja, Yaba, Lagos. I went there to deliver the goods around 7pm the same day.
“When I got there, I followed him to the front of his room where he checked the phones to see if they were working perfectly. After he was convinced, he collected the phones and asked for my account number, which I provided. A minute later, he showed me a debit alert on his phone and said the money had been transferred into my account.
Both of us waited for me to receive the alert on my phone. While waiting, he said he wanted to go downstairs to turn on his generator. That was the last time I saw him as he ran away. When I searched around and could not find him. I called his telephone number, but it was switched off.
Later, I used the True Caller app on my phone to dial the number Leonard Adegoke used in placing his order. The app revealed his picture and real name as Eric Idowu.”
He revealed that a young man Adeleke who lived in the house where this transaction occurred has been arrested and questioned.
He continues, “I showed Adeleke, who recognised Idowu from the picture. Adeleke said Idowu used to stay with the landlord’s son but had disappeared.
I also went to the Computer Village in Ikeja to meet with officials of the phone company because they had reported the case to SARS. I later wrote that the case should be transferred from the Sabo Police Station to SARS.
I have informed my parents about this case. Till now, I have not paid for the phones, which I got on credit from a phone company, CSE Phones. I want the police to help me get Idowu. I want my goods back or my money and the extra cost I have spent to recover them.”
Newsmen spoke to the officials of the CSE phones. Their representative Chris Amaru, had this to say,
“Bakare is a known person to the company because we do give him goods on credit and after sales, he gives us the money.
“So when the incident happened, Mr Mba assigned me to report the case at SARS office in Ikeja.”
The school management has instructed the bodies involved in the investigation to come down to the school premises to unravel all that they need.