By Ahmed Ajikobi
An ex-convict, Ibrahim Usman has been arrested by men of the Kwara State Police Command for alleged phone theft in Ilorin.
The suspect was said to have stolen a phone valued at N43,000 belonging to a staff of Union Bank, Surulere Branch in the state capital, last Monday.
He was reportedly caught in action by the CCTV camera installed in the banking hall.
It was learnt that Usman who had gone to the bank on the pretext of making clarifications as regards his Biometric Verification Number (BVN) had pilfered the mobile phone of the staff attending to customers, Oyindamola Olayede.
According to a police source, the victim reported the case to Divisional Police headquarters of ‘B’ division Surulere, Ilorin that the suspect took the phone from her bag while she was attending to customers.
“She said that the suspect was at the bank last Thursday to make request for BVN form at the customer care service unit. But while she was busy Usman opened her bag and took the phone. The banker had raised the alarm upon discovery that her phone was missing and the search for it was futile.
“Fortunately, the CCTV camera in the bank CCTV camera in the banking hall had captured the suspect while perpetrating the act, but he had left the bank premises by the time the discovery was made.
“Luck ran out on Usman last Monday when he paid another visit to the bank, he was identified by the security men. The bank contacted our division and his arrest was effected.
“During investigation, we found out that he had just been released after serving term at the Federal Prison, Oke-kura in Ilorin, for his criminal activities. He has also confessed to the crime.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi said that he was yet to be informed on the matter.