A suspected individual named Akinrotimi Taiwo, believed to be a key member of a fraudulent syndicate specializing in stealing money from Point of Sale (POS) agents in Ilorin, is currently in the custody of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Kwara State command. The arrest took place after Taiwo attempted to defraud an agent early on Saturday morning.
Taiwo’s luck ran out in Okekere, Ilorin, when he tried to swindle Zakariyau Amidu Oniyo, a POS agent and dealer of airtime recharge cards and phone accessories at Shop 32B Omodada Street, Okekere. Taiwo requested a cash transfer of N26,000 naira but intended to steal N20,000 from the transaction.
Around 10 am, Taiwo approached Oniyo’s shop and asked for a total of N26,000 naira to be electronically transferred to another POS agent named Omo Mummy Ventures located in Oko Olowo, a few kilometers away from Okekere.
According to NSCDC operatives, Taiwo had earlier approached the owner of Omo Mummy Ventures, Isiaka Abdulrazak, and informed him that he was expecting a transfer of the same amount to be made to Omo Mummy. Taiwo planned to withdraw the money and pay the required POS charges, thereby attempting to frame Abdulrazak as the perpetrator of the fraudulent transaction.
Taiwo’s luck ran out when, after the money was transferred to Omo Mummy, N20,000 naira disappeared from Oniyo’s table while the suspect distracted him by requesting to buy a phone battery.
Oniyo quickly raised the alarm and managed to enlist the help of neighbors to apprehend Taiwo. Soon after, another POS agent provided information and photos of the suspect, revealing that Taiwo had been targeting multiple agents and successfully defrauding them.