The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, has confirmed the arraignment of a 22-year-old Port Harcourt girl before a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court for fleeing with a Lagos man’s Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card and allegedly withdrawing N1m from his bank account after a “one night stand”.
It is yet unclear how the two met, but the Punch reported that the suspect, Thelma Kimberly had reportedly visited the 45-year-old man named Olugbenga at his residence on Victoria Island, Lagos State, on May 17, 2018.
According to the newspaper, the “lovers” went round the highbrow area to have fun before they returned home to ‘spice up’ the experience on the bed
But while the 45-year-old man was reportedly deep asleep after some rounds of sex, Kimberly fled with his ATM card and a mobile phone.
It is alleged that she made withdrawals, transfers and purchases at a supermarket in Lekki using PoS.
Olugbenga reported the case at the Ikoyi Police Division and Kimberly was eventually tracked down this month.
A police source the newspaper that while the suspect was on the run, an order was sent to a bank she used to place a restriction on her account.
The source said, “The man then sent N100,000 to her bank account as bait with a belief that the bank would alert the police as soon as she made attempts to withdraw the money.
“However, she succeeded in withdrawing the N100,000. She even snapped the police order sent to the bank and sent it to the lover on WhatsApp.
“The police had written to the bank querying why the money was paid to her despite the order. Altogether, she made away with N1m.”
The suspect, in her statement to the police, confessed to the crime, but claimed she returned the phone to the complainant through the manager of a restaurant on Victoria Island.
She said, “I met Olugbenga in 2016 in Port Harcourt when he visited my foster father, who is his friend. On May 17, around 8:00pm, I visited him in his residence on Victoria Island. He took me out and we bought some things. We had sex several times when we came back. He was tired and slept off.
“I left with his phone and ATM card and I made withdrawals of N150,000 at ATM stands in Obalende, Ikeja and VI. I went to a supermarket at Lekki Phase I and spent N363,000. I paid through PoS.
“I also did transfers of N250, 000 to some accounts. I gave some people from the money. I was just spending it and can’t calculate how much I spent altogether.”