Two gross sales representatives with the West Coast Fisheries Restricted, Oluwaseun Olatunji and Oladapo Fasan, are cooling their heels on the X-Squad of the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, for the alleged theft of 1,730 cartons of fish.
The 2 males allegedly conspired with the corporate’s driver, one Kayode, to steal the tinned fish on the firm’s warehouse within the Ilupeju space of Lagos.
We learnt that the lads had on a number of events overloaded their supply van and at all times shared the cash created from the surplus cartons.
Nevertheless, a safety man within the warehouse was mentioned to have known as the eye of the corporate’s administration to the disappearance of 600 cartons.
The executive supervisor of the corporate, Samuel Laraiyetan, mentioned exterior auditors have been subsequently invited to the corporate.
He mentioned, “The safety man found that on November 9 and 15, about 600 cartons of the tinned fish received lacking. Primarily based on that suspicion, we invited exterior auditors and so they carried out correct checks and found that a whole of 1,730 cartons had been stolen. We then reported to the police. We instructed the police that we suspected the gross sales representatives and the motive force.”
He put the price of the stolen items at over N10m.
Our correspondent was advised that whereas Olatunji and Fasan had been arrested, Kayode fled and his whereabouts had but to be identified.
Olatunji, 30, an indigene of Sagamu, Ogun State, who reportedly dropped out of the Nationwide Open College as a consequence of monetary constraints, mentioned Kayode was the brains behind the theft.
He defined that the group made about N4m from the fraud, saying he was given N1.2m which he used to purchase a automobile.
He stated, “I’ve labored with the corporate for 2 years. I used to be employed as a gross sales consultant and I used to be on a wage of N35,000 monthly.
“The corporate’s driver, Kayode, known as us and mentioned we might earn more money if we took further cartons throughout our loading and we may promote these cartons and pocket the cash. He mentioned he would manipulate the bill to cowl up our tracks. We purchased into the concept after we noticed how he efficiently manipulated the bill.
“Our mode of operation is to take extra items, which we promote to the corporate’s clients on the regular worth. We then share the revenue amongst ourselves.
“We made about N4m and the driving force mentioned since he was the originator, he would take the lion’s share. He took N1.5m, and gave me N1.2m, which I used to purchase a automotive. I’m ashamed of myself.”
Thirty-eight-yr-outdated Fasan stated he was pushed into the act by poverty, including that he wanted cash to cater to his sick mom.
He mentioned, “I used to be finding out Enterprise Administration on the Lagos State College, however I dropped out in 200 stage as a consequence of monetary challenges. I’ve labored with this firm for 12 years and I by no means knew this was how the journey would finish for me.
“However it’s not true we took 1,730 cartons of fish. We stole the cartons on two events. The primary time, we took 300 cartons and we took one other 300 cartons the second time.
“I used to be paid N1.2m from the proceed, which I used to purchase a Honda automobile for N750,000. The remaining I used to care for my mum, who was sick.”
One of many alleged receivers of the products, recognized solely as Chukwuma, stated he was unaware that the products had been stolen, including that he purchased the products on the regular price of N6,000 per carton.
He stated he had executed nothing fallacious as the boys had been duly launched to him by the corporate as their representatives.
“And so they have by no means given me a reduction,” he added.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, mentioned investigations have been ongoing.
She mentioned, “We’ve got made contact with the administration of the corporate to return to them the recovered stolen items. The suspects could be charged to court docket on the finish of investigations. Efforts are on to apprehend the fleeing driver.”
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