A woman, Olamide Azeez, has sought help after suspected one-chance robbers stole her life savings at Ikosi, in the Ketu area of Lagos State, Punch Newspaper reports.
The victim said she boarded a cab from Toll Gate, Ikosi, while heading for work at Victroria Island around 6am on Friday, September 29, 2022.
She noted that no sooner had she entered the car than the assailants beat her up and robbed her of her ATM card.
“They made away with my life savings — all N910,000; my iPhone XR, N4,300 cash, earrings, wristwatch, and Oraimo EarPods,” she added.
Azeez, who narrated her ordeal on Twitter, said the money was withdrawn at point-of-sale terminals between 6.45am and 7am, while holding her hostage.
She further provided contact details of the registered owner of the PoS.
She said, “Those robbers slapped me twice before I gave them my PIN and they put Aboniki (balm) inside my eyes when they dropped me at Marwa Gardens, Alausa, around 7.20am.”
PUNCH Metro learnt that the case was reported at the Alausa and Ikoyi police stations on September 30, 2022.
However, the victim said nothing had been done by the police since she made the report.
“I am traumatised, helpless, and I do not know what to do. Where do I start from? It took me years to save that much, and to see it wiped all at one go! Please come to my aid. Can the names on the PoS be tracked? Can I get my money back? Please help,” she added.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, when contacted, said state laws forbade the police from tracking people’s bank accounts without the consent of their lawyers.
He said, “In this case, the victim should approach her lawyer, who will in turn go to the police for a duplicate of her statement, which the police will readily provide. She will get a court order and from there other necessary steps will be taken. Without these, nothing significant will be done, except visiting the crime scene and other sorts of frontline investigations.”