Obinna Otigba, allegedly stole two debit cards from his neighbour, Theresa Ajibade and absconded to an unknown destination.

By the time they found him and one of the cards, the sum of two million naira had been withdrawn.

ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde was at the Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, where Otigba is standing trial on a two-count charge of stealing and illegal conversion of property for personal use.

He explained how the 30-year–old businessman, Obinna Otigba, allegedly committed the crime from Nov. 17, 2017 to Nov. 28, 2017 at his residence.

“The accused who lived in the same house with the complainant, stole her ATM cards and took to his heels,” the prosecutor submitted.

Ayorinde said that the accused withdrew the N2 million from Ajibade’s two bank accounts.

“The accused withdrew N2 million from the complainant’s pension account and investment account, thereby emptying the accounts,” he said.

The prosecutor said one of the cards was recovered from the accused while he claimed to have misplaced the other.

While Mrs Theresa Ajibade continues to regret the loss of her life's savings, the accused continues to deny the crime.

Otigba, who resides at Ojokoro area of Lagos, pleaded not guilty, and was admitted to N500,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

The offences contravened Sections 280 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (revised) and Section 287 stipulates three years’ imprisonment for stealing.

Even if Otigba is found guilty, Mrs Ajibade getting her money back is what cannot be guaranteed and that is a reminder that we should protect our ATM cards.

Magistrate O.J. Awope ordered that the accused reappears in court on March 26 as he tries to prove his innocence. 

But did anyone ask, how did Obinna get Theresa's Personal Identification Number (PIN)?