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On January 31st, 2024, Detectives from the Zonal Criminal Investigation Department (ZCID) Zone 2 Command Headquarters, Onikan Lagos, arrested Blessing Effiong ‘f’ and her spouse, Bassey Effiong ‘m’ for stealing Fifty-One Thousand United States Dollars ($51,000 USD) from her employer’s residence in the Lekki area of Lagos.

Blessing Effiong was recommended for employment by an agent named Anthony ‘m’ and began working as a domestic staff on December 23rd, 2023. Only three days into her employment, she absconded with $51,000 USD and fled with her husband to Cross River State.

Following intensive investigation, both suspects were apprehended on January 31st, 2024.
During the investigation, it was revealed that Blessing Effiong had approached Anthony under false pretenses, providing misleading contact information and using registered phone numbers not associated with her identity. She failed to complete her employment application form, indicating her fraudulent intentions.

Despite initially denying the full extent of stealing, Blessing Effiong eventually confessed to stealing Thirty Thousand United States Dollars ($30,000 USD), admitting to giving Twenty Thousand United States Dollars ($20,000 USD) to her husband, Bassey Effiong.

Bassey Effiong, in turn confessed to receiving the stolen funds, part of which he used for settling his late mother’s medical bills, purchasing a Tipper Truck, Two Motorcycles, and completing a construction project in Cross-River State.

Both suspects have been charged and brought before the court following the completion of the investigation, under the directive of the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Command, AIG Olatoye A. Durosinmi. AIG Durosinmi encourages members of the public to exercise vigilance and conduct thorough background checks before hiring domestic staff for their safety and to prevent falling victim to criminal elements.

AIG Olatoye A. Durosinmi

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