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Driver diverts company’s goods, sells truck for N250,000 for baby food

By Evelyn Usman

A driver with Ramlac Company in Lekki area of Lagos, who allegedly absconded with the company’s truck three months ago, has been arrested by men of the Federal Anti Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command.

He was arrested in his home town in Ikot-Ekpene, Akwa-Ibom State.

The suspect, Isaiah Ezekiel, who allegedly committed the crime, barely a month after he was employed, was sent to distribute 150 bags of sachet water to retailers within Lekki.

Apprehension however set in after frantic effort to reach him on his mobile phone, when he did not report back, failed, as his phone was switched off.

Also, a visit to his apartment at Jakande 1st gate, Lekki, revealed that he had left the house with members of his family, as the door was under lock and keys.

In this interview, the suspect disclosed that he sold the truck for N250, 000, out of which he only got N100,000.

Asked why he did it, he replied, “I did it because I needed money to buy baby milk for my six- month – old baby. I was employed as a driver without salary. The job was based on commission. For every trip, I got N500.

“I managed to make a trip a day which is not enough to transport myself and eat, let alone to feed my family. At times, I used the N500 which ought to be my commission to buy fuel because we were not given money for fuel.

“On May 20,2018, I took some bags of sachet water to sell as usual.  But I dropped the bags at my place and took the truck to a mechanic who took me to Ladipo market , where he sold it for N250,000. The buyer paid N200,000 with a promise to pay the balance when he received a sworn affidavit on the sale of the truck. The mechanic gave me N140,000 and collected the balance.

I immediately went home and told my wife that we were leaving for the village, since Lagos proved difficult to live in”

Vanguard gathered that efforts were still on to arrest the mechanic and buyer of the truck.

 


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