An employee of a Bureau de Change, Festus Chukwuemeka, has been
arrested by the Special Fraud Unit, (SFU), Lagos for allegedly
stealing $50,000 from his employer.
According to reports, the arrest was made after a petition was made to
the Commissioner of Police, (SFU) dated January 27, 2014 in which it
was alleged that Festus was sent to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN,
in company of three other staff by the petitioner to collect the said
money for foreign exchange business.
The suspect reportedly made away with the money, turning off his phone
so he could not be contacted.
Nationl Mirror reports:
The suspect allegedly also changed his phone numbers with a new one,
and was only in contact with his wife, one Blessing Chukwuemeka and
his girlfriend, identified as Susan Ehwefan.
The police, in collaboration with the mobile phone and
telecommunication companies, was able to track down the fleeing
suspect to the Republic of Benin, where he was hiding.
According to SFU, Festus, a 32-year-old graduate of Mechanical
Engineering, Abia State University, had confessed to the crime.
The suspect was said to have stated in his statement that he was
employed as a driver to the petitioner and was sent with the other
staff to collect $50,000 from the CBN.
He added that, as soon as he collected the money, he bolted away to
Cotonou, and switched off all his phones.
Chukwuemeka, who is married with four children, said he alerted his
wife, Blessing, to run away with their four children, an instruction
she immediately complied with.
He also reportedly stated that $17,000 was kept with his wife at a
village near Idiroko, a border town with the Republic of Benin.