An LT bus driver identified as Patrick Abaleke has been arrested for allegedly duping one Miss Chinasa Nwokenem of the sum of N1.5 million. The case which was reported at the State Criminal Investigation and Interrogation Department is currently being investigated.
Daily Times gathered that Patrick had convinced Chinasa, a mother of one, to invest in the transportation business; but unknown to her, the suspect had an ulterior motive. The victim claimed she paid the said amount at different times. And when the victim tried to question the said investment, Patrick threatened to kill her. It was at this point that she ran to the police for help.
The victim who runs a hair salon tells how she fell into the trap. “We live in the same neighbourhood at No 39 Iganmu road. I know him as an LT driver but I noticed he no longer goes to work. On one of those days, I called him to find out what the matter was, and he told me his vehicle had developed some fault. I asked him if the fault was beyond repairs and he said he didn’t have the money to do the repairs.
“He first told me N200, 000 would be enough and out of pity, I gave him the money. After about two weeks I inquired from him the state of the bus since he had still not resumed work. He said the money I gave him was not enough to affect the repairs as the mechanic also identified some other faults for which will cost another N250,000. I was surprised, but I asked to know if the extra N300,000 will put the bus on the road he gave a positive response with assurance to repay.
“After I gave him the money, he did return with the LT bus after some days and said it was fit to start work. He did work with the bus for about a month, before the bus broke down again. It was at this point that he approached me with his plan of buying a new bus. He convinced me to invest in the new bus project which was put at the cost of N1 million as it would be a very viable source of income for us.
“Since I saw the opportunity as one that would be profitable, I gathered my saving and gave to him. I gave him the money and we reached an agreement on how would be repaying the money. Little did I know that he is a scammer out to dupe me.”
Before I knew what was happening, he disappeared from the neighbourhood. I asked a few people if they had seen him and they said no.
“I tried to reach him on phone, but he wouldn’t pick my calls. I sent him messages but he wouldn’t respond. On one occasion when he responded he asked me to stop calling him and when I asked of my money he threatened to kill me. I decided to go to his house unannounced. I met him at home, he was surprised to see me and refused to respond to my questions and about my money.
“I then demanded a refund of the whole money I have given him since he did not buy the bus. The next thing I saw was that he stood up and started beating me. I fought back but he overpowered me and stripped me naked in the public, he was shouting that he will kill me if I keep asking him of the money.
Out of fear and not knowing what to do, I went to my uncle’s place to report the matter to him and he advice me to report the matter to the police.”
A source at SCIID however stated that the suspect is in their custody and that when investigations have been completed, he will be charged to court possibly for conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretence and threat to life.