An auxiliary nurse based in Awka, the Anambra state capital, Miss Ngozi Ikwuamaeze has shared experience of how she was hypnotised by fraudsters who made to withdraw over N150,000 from her bank account and collect her mobile phone before disappearing into thin air.
Narrating her ordeal to Orient Weekend, Ikwuamaeze alleged that she was on her way to her workplace on Thursday when she was stopped along the street by Regina CaeliJunction, Awka by an old man who asked her for direction to UNIZIK junction.
“I stopped on my track and was on the verge of helping the man when I suddenly lost control of myself. The next time I regained full consciousness was when I was dropped off by a vehicle along Roban Stores road and I started recalling vaguely what had transpired.
“I noticed that I no longer had my two Android phones. I rushed off to my bank to see if I could block my ATM cards but I discovered that I had emptied my accounts of over N150,000 with just N1,500 remaining.
“I was mad with the bank management for not stopping me from making the withdrawals which happened within less than 3 hours and they made me realise that the withdrawals were made with my ATM card. I cannot recollect.
“I am devastated right now and do not know what to do as I am left with practically nothing to survive with. All my savings which I was intending to use to start a business just disappeared within a flash,” she lamented.
Orient Crime Watch gathered that the victim was yet to make a formal report to the police over the incident. She told the reporter that she did not have the money to transport herself to the police station or for other unseen expenditure associated with making formal complaints to the police.
Responding to the incident, the Anambra state police public relations officer, SP Haruna Mohammed insisted that the lady should report to the nearest police station. He maintained that the police did not charge any bills to investigate such incidents.
“Let her report to the nearest police station, please. The police do not charge money to investigate any suspected criminal activity reported to them. So, members of the public should feel free to report any suspicious activity around them,” he said.