A driver with Slot Nigeria, a phone retail giant, has been arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) for allegedly stealing mobile phones and laptops worth N5.95 million.
Olumide Babajide reportedly diverted the goods to Kaduna State, instead of the company’s outlet at Victoria Island he was directed to deliver them.
It was gathered that the company employed the driver in March and he committed the offence on May 2.
Babajide, 42, a Kwara State indigene, it was gathered, sold N1.4 million worth of the consignments to woman he contacted while still in Lagos, dashed out 10 of the phones to passersby in Kaduna and gave two to his mistress.
Police said goods worth N4,654,224 were recovered, while the driver admitted he bought a 1999 model of Peugeot 206, marked DKA859KA for N912,000 from the proceeds of his sales.
Babajide said: “I took the goods from Slot’s outlet in Ikeja. I was to deliver it to another outlet in Victoria Island, Lagos, but I did not.
“Instead, I took the goods to Pam-Pam Hotel, Ikeja, and returned the hilux truck to R and S Hotel, where we normally park the company’s vehicles.
“This wasn’t the first time I would be moving laptops, mobile phones and their accessories from one outlet to the other. Since I joined the company in March and I was assigned the job of a delivery man, it had been my idea to divert the goods and abscond.
“On this occasion, as soon as it was 5:00 p.m. that day, I took a drop from the hotel with the consignments to Ejigbo, where I boarded a Kaduna- bound bus. I had already contacted one of the buyers.
“She bought N1.4 million worth of phones, laptops and phone accessories. I also sold the remaining goods in unit to some other buyers as well.”
The father of three also admitted that he procured a 32-inch Samsung LCD for N62,000 while lodging in a hotel after abandoning his wife and children in Kaduna.