A 50 years old man, Moses Edwin, who claims to be a prophet in a church in Lagos was arrested by the officials of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command for stealing $500 belonging to a customer.
Mr. Edwin who is a bureau de change operator was arrested beside Airport Hotel, Ikeja, along with another member for stealing $500 from a customer’s $5,000 he was suppose to convert into naira.
The customer, Mr. Adebayo Lookman, a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in Lagos State gave Edwin $5,000 in $100 notes to convert to naira.
They agreed an exchange rate of N387 to a dollar.
Edwin then invited a member of his gang, Daniel Ebhohimen, who while confirming the money removed $500 before handing over $4,500 back to unsuspecting Lookman in his car.
“I was trying to help my mum change the $5,000. I got to Airport Hotel and I met these men. After negotiating back and forth, they offered me N387 to a dollar.
“They took my details on the ground that the transaction was going to be online. Edwin requested that I surrender the $5,000 bills for them to confirm.
“Reluctantly, I gave them but I was monitoring them and I was counting along with them in my car”.
“They were mid-way into the counting when another member of the gang distracted me from the driver side of my car.”
“Thereafter, they handed back the money to me that it was complete and we headed to one of the banks in Opebi.
“We entered the bank. All along they prevented me from counting the money. At the bank, they told me the rate they gave me was no longer possible and that they were backing out, but I offered for a renegotiation.
“I told them to excuse me and I went into the gent to confirm the money. I counted it and $500 was missing. Before I could come out they had run away. The door attendant told me he saw them rushing out of the bank.
“I went to where I met them but I couldn’t see them. It was the third day that I saw Edwin and I invited the police.”
Edwin in his statement to the police did not deny the crime. He however said that he did not follow them to the bank, but he ordered them to finish up the transaction.
According to him, he received N10,000 out of the money when they returned from the bank.
He also told the police that his bank was ready to settle by paying back the missing $500.