A 60-year old man, Isak Wahab, has slumped and died after his friend allegedly stole his ATM card and withdrew N700,000 from his bank account.
The deceased’s wife, Monsurat, and son, Ajibola, the friend identified as Ola allegedly withdrew the money from the victim’s account without his consent.
According to them, what Ola did led to a shock that killed Wahab.
Speaking with newsmen at their Ikotun residence in Lagos, Monsurat said: “Ola was a close friend to our family, particularly my husband. He had financial difficulties with his rent and he came to my husband to tell him that he wanted to sell his generator so that he could raise money to pay his rent.
“My husband told him not to do that and said he (Isak Wahab) was expecting payment from our tenants and he could help. My husband then gave him N10,000.
“Meanwhile, we did not know that Ola had taken my husband’s ATM card and he withdrew money from it amounting to N700,000. He withdrew the money in tranches of N200,000, N300,000 and another N200,000.”
Also, Ajibola alleged that Ola stole his father’s ATM card after he (Isak) became intoxicated while they drank alcohol together.
He explained that Ola had run away since the case was reported at the Ikotun Police Station, saying: “Last week Thursday, my dad was not alright, but I felt it was just ordinary malaria or a small illness. But later, I was told that it was serious and I had to call my siblings. We later learnt from our mother that our father was defrauded by Mr. Ola.
“My father died on Friday and we buried him on Saturday. After his burial, we went to his friend’s house, confronted him and while arguing with him, we seized his phone. Since that day, we have not seen him.
“As I speak to you, I have his phone with me and we have reported the case at the Ikotun Police Station. He had issues and needed money and our father promised to help and gave him N10,000.”