Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Ikeja, Lagos State, have arrested a 37-year-old accountant, Mr. Olaitan Shofolahan, who allegedly abandoned an audit firm job for crime.
Shofolahan explained that the audit firm, located at Yaba area of the metropolis, belonged to his brother. He said his monthly take home pay was N45,000, which was not enough to take care of his needs.
He was arrested on Thursday at Lekki Phase 1 at Eti-Osa area for impersonating officials of the Lagos State Land Use Charge. Recovered from his possession were five land use bills with varied charges above N1 million and a forged identity card of the Lagos State government.
He was attempting to defraud a resident of the posh estate of several millions of Land Use Charge dues, when police surprised him by walking into the compound. He was arrested. The suspect told police after his arrest that he embraced crime because of unemployment.
He said: “I was working with my brother in his audit firm in Sabo, Yaba, earning N45,000 monthly salary before I left the firm in search of another employment. I was at Lagos State Civil Service Commission several times to seek employment. It was during one of my visits that I learnt that payment for Land Use Charge in the state is through a code.
“The code is engraved on every metal sticker issued to every house. It is with this code that you get an annual bill of the house and that you can get your charges printed out for you free with the bills. That was how I started moving round choice location to get their code and print their bills.
Any house that does not owe, I discard but those with huge bills, I work on them. But I noticed that some of them requested for my ID card. I forged a Lagos State government identity card using a sample that I saw somewhere at Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja. “I have being in the business since February, 2015.
I have observed that owners of buildings in Lekki have capacity to settle their bills quickly, that was why I have focused there. Unfortunately for me, it was this location that I was caught. I entered the building in Lekki Phase 1, unknown to me that the officials of the Lagos State Land Use Charge were there with the house owner.”