Soldier Generates Fake Alert, Defrauds POS Operator’s N100,000 In Lagos

Lagos – A soldier has been accused of defrauding a Point-of-Sale operator, Samuel Ayodele, in Lagos of about N100,000.

The suspect, identified as William drove in black Hilux to the victim’s shop and request a withdrawal of N100,000 using fake alert in the Ketu area of Lagos.

The POS operator identified as Ayodele gave the soldier his account number and later showed the operator that his account has been deducted with the amount

POS Machine
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Meanwhile, the operator denied receiving the alert in his account, and the officer dropped his phone number so that the operator could call when he didn’t see the transaction.

Punch reports that the soldier was furious about the development and the operator seeing that, gave him the money after exchanging phone numbers.

“I gave him the money because I could not believe a high-ranking soldier, who drove a very good car, would defraud me.

“When I did not receive the alert, I called his phone number, but he did not pick it. He later called back and I told him I had yet to receive the alert.

“He said was it because of N100,000 that I was disturbing him and did I know the kind of person he was. He then said he would come the following day,” Ayodele added.

Ayodele said the soldier never showed up at his shop again, and in a order to get his money, he visited two army barracks in the areas of Lagos to report the case.

“When his number was no longer going through, I asked a friend to call the number and it also didn’t go through. But the name that came out on Truecaller was Williams Unit Commander. It also brought out pictures of two people in army uniforms.

“When I checked the soldier’s contact on WhatsApp, I saw a picture of him wearing uniform and it was the same man that came to my shop to withdraw N100,000 and generated an alert that did not reflect in my account.

“When he said he was coming from Ikorodu, I thought he was from the army barracks in Ikorodu. I proceeded there, went to the intelligence department and met a soldier, identified as Ajino.

“I explained all that happened and also showed him the soldier’s picture and he said no soldier with such a rank was in the barracks.

“He advised me to go to the Ikeja Military Cantonment and also gave me a number to call. When I got there, I called a soldier, Barrister Obi, who works in the intelligence department.


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“I was explaining to the soldier when he interjected and asked if it was a soldier who drove a black Hilux and I said yes. He said they had been looking for him because he had defrauded several people.”

Meanwhile, in an effort to get the soldier for a reaction proved abortive as he had yet to respond to calls and a text message sent to him.

The spokesperson for the 81 Division, Nigerian Army, Olaniyi Osoba, said Ayodele should make an official report to the military police for a proper investigation.

He said, “The PoS operator should go and make an official complaint to the military police at the Ikeja Cantonment so the matter could be investigated.”

Abdullahi Abubakar

Abdullahi Abubakar is a graduate of the University of Maiduguri.He is a teacher and passionate about Journalism and writing in general. He works with Today Post as a senior Editor and is currently living in Gombe.

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