12th November, 2010
Police detectives attached to Ilaro Divisional Headquarters, Ogun State, haveÂ arrested 2 persons who attempted to defraud Golden Chance Lotto of N22 million.
The suspects are Toyosi Olufowobi and Adekunle Tunde.
P.M.NEWS investigations revealed that the suspects perfected their act by callingÂ one of the sub-agents of Golden Chance Lotto in order to conspire with him toÂ defraud the lotto company. As the sub-agentplayed along with them, he also informedÂ the police who later got them arrested.
According to Oluwofobi, â€œwe came to Ilaro from Ijebu-Ode . We had earlier reachedÂ the Golden Chance Lotto sub-agent on his mobile phone that we were coming to see himÂ so that we could stake some numbers and the sub-agent asked us how it would be done.
â€œWhen we got to Ilaro the sub-agent introduced us to principal agents and theyÂ listened to our plan. We told them that we have some syndicates in Nigeria and GhanaÂ and that after they might have drawn in Ghana, they would send the results and weÂ would use it to win here. The winning numbers would have fetched us N22 million.
â€œThe submission is usually 7 p.m. and we told them not to close the bag with padlockÂ so that we can put in the winning numbers, but unfortunately, they played along withÂ us and they also informed the police who later arrested and charged us to court.
â€œOur plan was to give the principal agent N1 million, sub-agent N1 million and theÂ representative N1 million. We have defrauded many lotto companies of millions ofÂ naira. We also tried to defraud Premier Lotto but it was difficult for us to do so.â€
The suspects have since been charged to Ilaro Magistrateâ€™s Court and they areÂ presently being remanded at Ilaro Prisons, while the case was adjourned till 10Â December, 2010.
An Opel car that belongs to the suspects has been impounded and parked at IlaroÂ Police Station.
â€”Ticker Koseunti & Tunmise Ige