On Tuesday, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission said it had arrested Samuel Opeyemi Adeojo, a former councilor in Kwara State’s Ekiti Local Government Area.
Adeojo was fingered as the leader of a car theft syndicate noted for stealing cars from car dealers by pretending to be legitimate buyers, according to the EFCC.
The EFCC had been on its trail until his recent arrest after a series of complaints against the criminal activities of his gang were received by the Ibadan zonal office of the Commission.
Spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren said there were no less than three cases of car theft against the syndicate, with all the vehicles involved being recovered and held in the custody of the Commission in Ibadan.
Investigations found that similar patterns of tricks were used by the gang to rob cars from their victims.
According to the findings of the EFCC, Adeojo also pretends to be a doctor, adopting different names and organizations as his place of work to appear trustworthy and create a false sense of trust to infiltrate the victims.
A Toyota Avensis car in which Adeojo claimed to be one of the University College Hospital’s Dr. Gboyega Omojola, Ibadan, was one of the many reported cases.
The case was registered by Tunde Adejuwon, a car dealer based in Ibadan, to the EFCC office on March 23, 2019.
The petitioner says,’ Dr. Omojola’ had come to his stand to negotiate for the car in the company of one Babatunde Oluwatope Oni, his alleged driver, and later agreed to pay for it N2,000,000 (Two Million Naira).
After the contract,’ Dr. Omojola released an N2 m Skye Bank Cheque ostensibly in favour of the dealer and ordered his’ driver’ to pay it to his Bodija, Ibadan, Zenith Bank account.
Oni later came to the dealer’s account with a copy of the Zenith bank deposit counter, showing’ check’ of the negotiated sum.
Nevertheless, it was later discovered that the fee was not authorised as the payer used the transaction with a cloned cheque.
Sadly, the downturn did not occur until after the car had eloped with the group.
One Mr. Amos Arole Oloja, also an Ibadan-based car dealer, also played a similar scenario in a petition.
Oloja claimed the duo was driving to his car stand in a Honda CRV to purchase a Toyota Sienna car and agreed to pay N2,200,000 (Two Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira) for the vehicle.
This time, Adeojo claimed to be Dr. Odumodu of UCH, Ibadan as well, while Oni gave his name as Kayode to his ‘driver.’
Dr. Odumodu issued a Standard Chartered Bank cheque to pay the sum and ordered his’ driver’ to go with the dealer to lodge the check in his First Bank, Iwo Road branch, account.
Unfortunately, it was not possible to confirm the check as the account had the name Akinjide Sefiu Odusanya instead.
Adeojo appeared to be shocked when he heard the news. He left with the promises to go with the SUV to carry another check to cover the cost of the car. Oni’s been left behind.
Although he (Oni) had been pretending to be sick all the time, he took advantage of the time the dealer went to strike his colleague with a borrowed battery. Oni went away with the signed Avensis car before the dealer’s return.
The two were also linked somewhere in Iwo, Osun State, with another car theft issue involving a Toyota Matrix vehicle.
Oni is currently in the Agodi Correctional Center following a court order when he was arraigned on one of the incidents recently. Adeojo is going to have his day soon in court. (EN) (EFCC)