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Tech-Savvy Robber Targets FUNAAB Students, Demands Bitcoin As Ransom for Stolen Phones

Students of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, have voiced their concerns and appealed to the state police command to take action in apprehending an unidentified burglar known as “Saint Stealer.” This individual has allegedly been breaking into their off-campus hostels and stealing valuable items, primarily targeting students who own iPhones. Disturbingly, the thief has developed a modus operandi of demanding ransom for the return of the stolen phones, often accepting payment through Bitcoin.According to testimonies from the affected students, the suspect has been operating for over two years, indiscriminately targeting various off-campus residential areas. Akinbode Akinlabi, one of the victims, revealed that the thief had managed to steal three phones from their hostel room alone. Recounting his experience, Akinlabi explained how the suspect gained entry through a torn window net, snatching the phone while it was being charged. To further complicate matters, the culprit left a note instructing Akinlabi to contact him via Telegram, an encrypted messaging platform, where he specified the ransom amount. This unfortunate situation has forced Akinlabi to borrow money from friends and family, paying $200 to retrieve his phone.Another student, Ada Chi, studying animal nutrition at the institution, shared her harrowing encounter with the robber. She woke up to discover her phone missing, with her window extensively damaged. Ada Chi dialed her number, only to have the thief answer and direct her to message him through a Telegram link. Reluctantly, she paid $150 to retrieve her device.Although some students reported the incidents to the police, a victim known as Munira claimed that the culprit had been apprehended by a group of students on April 19 and taken to the nearby Harmony Police Station. Shockingly, they later learned that the suspect had been released by the police, leaving the students disheartened and frustrated.In an attempt to seek clarity on the matter, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Omolola Oduniyi, was contacted. However, at the time of reporting, she had not responded to the message sent regarding the case. The students anxiously await a resolution to their distressing situation, hopeful that the authorities will take decisive action against the elusive “Saint Stealer.”


Ademola Adeyemi

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