If you have your banking mobile app installed on your phone and it gets stolen, before you rush to do a sim replacement, perhaps the first place to visit is your bank.

Mr John Mamilor, a fashion designer, visited the Alapere Police Station on June 2 and reported that his Gionee A1 light phone, valued at N68, 000, was stolen from him.

After this, he went to do another welcome back sim.

But on June 4, he started receiving debit alert messages from his Ecobank account. So, he went to the customer care unit of his bank to complain.

He discovered that money was debited from his account on Point of Sales (POS) and later through a bank transfer and express cash, with 9mobile, formerly Etisalat line, which was used to buy a credit of N80,000.

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On June 13, about N700, 000 was transferred from his Ecobank account to a Diamond Bank account number 0083395230, with the name Adebayo Ayomide Sapara.

Obviously, there was fire on the mountain and it was based on the discovery that the suspect was traced, arrested and handed over to the police.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Lucky Ihiehie, told this story on Wednesday when the 23-year-old suspect, Ololade Sapara appeared before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly stealing N700, 000 cash and N80,000 airtime.

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Sapara, a resident of Ogunmokun Street, Mushin, Lagos State, is being tried for conspiracy and stealing.

The accused has denied committing the offence and has been granted a bail of N250, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

The Magistrate, Mrs E. Kubeinje, said that the sureties should be gainfully employed, and must show evidences of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

Kubeinje fixed further hearing in the case until November 20 and the victim can only hope that the court’s judgment comes with the recovery of his money.

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