Trans­port agent ar­rested for di­vert­ing client’s N4.5m goods

The Punch - - SATURDAY CITY ROUND - Afeez Hanafi

Luck has run out on a 28-year-old trans­port agent, Gabriel Onyeka, who al­legedly di­verted goods worth N4.5m a client asked him to take to Aba, Abia State.

It was learnt that the goods com­prised 20 bags of clothes of dif­fer­ent kinds, be­long­ing to a Kanobased busi­ness­man.

City Round gath­ered that Onyeka and a driver had left New Road Park, Kano State, with the goods, but headed for La­gos in­stead of Aba, un­known to the driver that the na­tive of Umuaia in Abia State had a sin­is­ter mo­tive.

Onyeka was said to have taken the clothes to La­gos Is­land, where he wanted to sell the goods for N1.2m.

A source told our cor­re­spon­dent that the buyer sus­pected that the deal was shady as a re­sult of the ridicu­lous price at which the clothes were of­fered.

The source said, “The in­tend­ing buyer alerted the po­lice at the Fed­eral Spe­cial Anti-rob­bery Squad An­nex in Adeniji and op­er­a­tives led by CSP Olus­eye Odun­baku went to the shop, where he was ar­rested. He con­fessed to the crime and ab­solved the driver of all re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for the crime. He said the driver was not aware of his crim­i­nal mis­sion. The goods were worth about N4.5m but he wanted to sell them at a ridicu­lous price of N1.5m.”

Speak­ing to City Round on Thurs­day, Onyeka said he di­verted the clothes be­cause he needed money to travel to Dubai, United Arab Emi­rates in search of a greener pas­ture. He said, “I am a trans­port agent and have been work­ing with the owner of the goods for some years. He gave me 20 bun­dles of clothes to de­liver in Aba and he paid me N30,000. I ar­ranged for the van and the driver and we left Kano State. The driver did not know where we were go­ing to. I told him to head for La­gos where I wanted to sell the clothes. “I di­verted the goods be­cause I needed money to travel out of the coun­try. I wanted to travel to Dubai, to look for work. The man, whom I took the clothes to, wanted to pay me when po­lice­men showed up and ar­rested me. I did not know he had sus­pected me and in­formed the po­lice. I asked him to pay N60,000 for each bag. This is the first time I would do such a thing.”

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