Lagos rice trader defrauded by ‘soldier’ week after suffering burglary

A businessman, Abiodun Adewale, has accused a yet-to-be-identified man of stealing his five bags of rice valued at N117,500 around the Command Barracks area in Ipaja, Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the suspect posed as a soldier when he contacted Adewale on the phone to supply him 12 bags of rice for some soldiers in the barracks.

After reaching an agreement on the price for the goods, the suspect directed the trader to deliver them at a location in the barracks.

Adewale told our correspondent that he connected a delivery man with the suspect, who directed him to deliver the goods at the same location.

He said, “When the delivery man got there, he said he saw the man, who showed him some of the soldiers in need of the goods.

“He told him to offload the goods at the command quarter guard in the barracks. When my delivery man conveyed five of the 12 bags the man ordered to the gate, he was about to offload when the soldier rushed to tell him that his commander was around; he redirected the delivery man to offload the goods at his wife’s shop opposite the barracks.

“Unknown to us, he actually begged the woman to allow the goods to be offloaded at her shop and the woman agreed because she also thought he was a soldier. But out of curiosity, the woman used her phone to take his picture in case any problem arose.

“So, when my delivery man left to get the remaining goods, the man went to the woman’s shop and carted away the goods. He has been on the run since then. His telephone number has also been switched off since the incident happened on September 7, 2021. I reported the case at the Meiran Police Station.”

Adewale, while lamenting the incident, said he also lost seven bags of rice valued at N164,500 to thieves who burgled his shop on August 31, 2021.

“I was making plans to restock when I was advised not to restock so that the people who committed the crime won’t return to burgle my shop again.

“They also advised me to secure my shop properly. So, I stopped putting goods in the shop and changed location. I was still looking for a means to secure the shop when I received the call from the fake soldier.

“We approached the soldiers at the barracks and they said the man was not a soldier. They said he wanted to supply them rice on that day and requested money but they told him to deliver the goods before they would transfer money to him,” he added.

 The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, promised to get back to our correspondent after being briefed on the matter.

He had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.

Source: Punch.

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