Olumide Babajide, 42, has been arrested for bolting away with phones and laptops said to worth N5.95 million, belonging to Slot, a phone and accessories sale outlet. Babajide was a driver with the company and had been asked to take the phones from Slot office at the Computer Village, IKeja, to its Victoria Island outlet.
Rather than do that, Babajide who had barely spent two months working for the company diverted the goods.
He was later arrested by operatives of Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command, which recovered from him goods worth N4,654,224. Olumide reportedly admitted to the allegation. He said: “I took the good from Slot’s outlet in Ikeja. I was to deliver it to another outlet in Victoria Island, Lagos, but instead I took the goods to Pam-Pam Hotel, Ikeja, while I returned the company’s Hilux car to R & S hotel, where we normally park the company’s vehicles.
This wasn’t the first time I would be moving laptops, mobile phones and their accessories from one outlet to the other. Since I joined the company in March and I was assigned the job of a delivery man, it had been my idea to divert the goods and abscond.”
He continued, “as soon as it was 5:00 p.m. that very day, I took a drop from the hotel with the consignment to Ejigbo, where I boarded a Kaduna bound bus…. Before I got to Kaduna, I already contacted one of the buyers. She bought N1.4 million worth of phones, laptops and phone accessories while I also sold in unit to some other buyers as well.”
The suspect also disclosed during interrogation that he dashed out about 10 mobiles to passers-by. He also gave out two phones to a new mistress while he bought a Peugeot 206, 1999 model with new registration number DKA 859 KA, from the proceeds of his sales for N912, 000:00.
The father of three was also reported to have procured a 32 inch Samsung LCD for N62, 000:00 while lodging in a hotel abandoning his wife and children in the Kaduna.