Olawumi Oladayo (25) and Chibuzor Ekesi (22) have been arrested by the
Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ibadan, in Oyo State Police Command
during an attempt to use fake bank transaction to purchase a car.
Tribune reports that the two suspects went to a car stand at Ring Road area of
Ibadan at about 11.30 a.m. on Friday, December 12, 2014 to negotiate the
cost of a Crosstour car.
“I looked at them and felt they could not have had enough money to
purchase the car they pointed at. The car was the most expensive I had
at my car stand and
had only 3,000 mileage. The selling price was
N4.5 million.“I told them that I would like to see their father and they
asked if I would like to speak with him on phone. They called someone
who claimed to be the father and he asked me to go ahead and sell the
car to them. I wondered how someone would want to buy a car he had not
seen or test-drive, but the man said he was comfortable with their
“The two boys said that they had cash on them, showing me a bag they were carrying. I noticed that the bag
did not have the shape of one with cash and when I touched it, it was
soft, so I refused. They promised to pay into my account. They asked me
to fill the tank of the car before they would return but I said that it
was the responsibility of buyers to do that after payment.
“However, I was not comfortable with them so I alerted the police.”
The suspects did not deny the allegation. According to Oladayo who is from Orile-Owu, Osun State,
“I have HND in Civil engineering.
I finished in 2011 and served in Lagos state in 2012. I worked briefly
with the company I served with but left when it had no contract. I live
with my mother in Ibadan.
“I went with my friend to negotiate the
price of a car at a dealer’s car stand. My friend had already told me
how we would send a fake bank alert to get the car. I wanted to know how
he would do it and it would work. When we got to the car, he
demonstrated the way he would do the sms alert and on our way from the
place, I told him I would not be able to do it because the people would
recognize my face.
“We were called back by the dealer and they asked
if we were still interested in buying the car. They asked us to
test-drive it and while we were waiting, SARS operatives came to arrest
Oladayo claimed that he recently met the other suspect. “This is my first outing with him,” he said.
Oladayo said he decided to join his friend because of financial constraints he had.
“I bought an old Toyota Hilux from the company I served with but later
sold it for N600,000. I lent a friend the money for a business so that
he could share the profit with me. Unknown to me, the friend used the
money for betting and lost.”
In his own confession, Ekesi (22), an undergraduate in university in
“I learnt how to send fake alert through one of my friends based in Owerri. His name is Obiyor Mark a.k.a. Abebe.
Sometimes in 2013, he came to visit his friend at my former hostel. I
used to chat with him sometimes and in the process, he introduced the
idea of using fake alert to purchase cars to me and I bought the idea
because things were hard for me. Abebe had once been apprehended by the police.”
Ekesi also confirmed that he was once arrested for the same offence. According to him,
“I was at arrested by Surulere Division in Lagos. What happened was
that I defrauded a man through a fake bank alert. I got his number from a
newspaper and called him. We dialogued on phone. I sent N6.5 million
alert on a Friday and the following day, on a Saturday, I sent someone
to the delivery address I gave the dealer to pick the car. I promised to
give my friend 10 per cent of the proceeds after I must have sold the
car.“We took the car to Owerri and it was given to Abebe to get a buyer.
Unfortunately, my friend used my sim card to call his girlfriend while I
was asleep and she was arrested. The lady led the police to my friend
and they got information about me. The police came to arrest me and I
was detained for two and half months in Lagos. I was granted bail but
was re-arrested and transferred to Abuja. I was granted bail again in
So why did he decide to repeat what led to his incarceration for seven months?
“I don’t know what pushed me,” the young man replied.
“We were chatting and I related my past experiences to him. I also sold
the idea of getting cars through fake alert to him and he agreed to it,”
is a bulk sms panel called sms life which I subscribed to. This is what
I use to send alert to bank accounts given to me.”