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