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Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has advised the general public to be vigilant in order not to fall victim to new tricks deployed by car thieves to dispossess unsuspecting Nigerians of their vehicles.

This was contained in a statement signed and issued by the acting head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, Tony Orilade, yesterday.

The alert was borne out of the shocking discoveries made during investigations into the allegations of crime leveled against one Babatunde Oluwatope Oni (aka Olu Daniel, Oni Daniel Oluwatope).

Babatunde, who hails from Odo Eri, Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi State, was recently arrested by the Ibadan zonal office of the commission for alleged conspiracy, stealing and issuance of dud cheque following a petition received from Mr Kamoru Yekini on November 21, 2018.

The Petitioner had alleged that on October 16, 2018, two men approached him at his shop at Iwo town, Osun State to indicate interest in purchasing a 2006 Toyota Matrix car he displayed for sale.

After negotiation on the price, the two parties agreed on N1,580,000.00 and a post-dated First Bank cheque was issued supposedly to cover the cost. The cheque bore the name Rabiu Bamidele Lateef as the account owner.

But, in order to veil his criminal intention, Babatunde, according to the petition, acted as a driver to the other suspect (now at large), with whom he came for the negotiation. The other man falsely introduced himself as the account owner and a Doctor at Bowen University, Iwo.

Having agreed on the price, Bamidele left the scene to ‘deposit’ the money and later came with a copy of the deposit slip as evidence of payment of the agreed sum.

Though not comfortable with the payment arrangement, the car dealer still reluctantly released the vehicle and the custom duty papers, hoping that he would contact the ‘buyer’ through his phone number should any issue arise.

It was until the following day that he got a call from his bank that the cheque has been returned unpaid due to insufficient funds. All efforts he made to get the suspects proved abortive since all the information given turned out to be false.

That led him to petition the EFCC for assistance. The commission swung into on receipt of the complaint and recovered the car in Abuja where it was already sold to a lady for N1,800,000

Further investigations of the commission tracked the car back to Babatunde, who was later arrested in his hideout in the Federal Capital Territory.

While Babatunde was already in the EFCC’s custody, another complainant surfaced with a similar issue.

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