firm in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Femi Akinola, has been arrested by the
police for allegedly stealing the company’s $50,000.
company – Eterna Plc – had sent 30-year-old Akinola to withdraw the sum
from the United Bank for Africa in the Marina area on Thursday, November
reportedly told his boss that he was kidnapped on the way from the bank,
saying his abductors dispossessed him of the money and his phones.
to the fence of a primary school in the Bariga area, where $30,000
concealed inside a concrete block was recovered.
the Lagos State Command headquarters in Ikeja, the Commissioner of
Police, Fatai Owoseni, said Akinola stripped himself and threw his
phones into a river to perfect the ploy.
multinational company in the state. He was sent to withdraw $50,000.
After withdrawing the money, he faked his own kidnap and claimed that
the kidnappers collected the money.
$30,000. He confessed to have given out $15,000. We are making efforts
to recover the remaining sum.”
State, denied feigning his abduction, saying one Kingsley, who
purportedly lives in United Kingdom, colluded with a fraudster to
swindle him out of the money.
Kingsley’s accomplice hypnotised him, adding that the man had left
before it dawned on him that he had been defrauded.
to chat with one Kingsley in the UK, who wanted to help me with my music
career. I chatted with him that day and I told him that I just withdrew
$50,000. He told me he needed $15,000. He sent somebody to meet me
around Marina to collect the money. It was after the person collected
the money and my phones and left that I came to my senses.
do. At that point, I decided to hide the remaining $35,000 at the back
of a primary school in Bariga, and left for Epe to commit suicide. On
getting there, I changed my mind and reported to the police that I was
didn’t have intention of using the money to promote my music career.
That was not the first time I would withdraw money for the company as an
accounting officer. I had withdrawn more than that in the past. I have
been working with the company for five years,” he added.