FCMB Depositors Lose Over N600m To Fraudulent Staff
-As Police declare bankers wanted
The Divisional Police Office,
Lion Building, Campbell Street at the Lagos Island has declared eight
persons, who were of the banking profession, wanted over charges
bordering on fraudulent theft of over N600 million naira from
depositors’ accounts with First City Monument Bank (FCMB).
securing an arrest warrant from a magistrate court in Lagos, the police
division stated that the suspects, if seen, should be arrested and
brought to its station or the nearest police station, even as it gave
08033068667 and 08182465467 as numbers that can be reached by anyone who
comes across the wanted persons.
The names of the bankers as
declared in the official gazette and made available to meganews.com.ng
are: Linda Natufe Chekwube, Matthew Akpan Benny, Juwon Faromoh,
Oluwasoji Ajetumobi, Ogunlaja Olasukanmi Ganiyu, Oshiojum Chibuzor
Wilson, Akanaga Christian Chika and Nelson Omuzagha.
and offences for which the bankers are on the wanted list can be seen
and read in the special police gazette bulletin published below.
the Adam Nuru-led FCMB prides itself as one of the most reliable
financial institutions in Nigeria, depositors have continued to wonder
how safe their monies are with the lender as the bank has become a safe
haven for fraudulent officials.
Recall that a staff of the bank, Adejare Sonde, was arraigned recently over the theft of N124million from a depositor’s account.
of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in Ibadan Zone,
arraigned the suspect before Justice A. A. Akinyemi of the State High
Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on a 12-count charge bordering on
stealing, forgery and uttering.
Sonde was accused of using his
position as the account officer to a micro-finance bank to steal N124
million from the customer’s account.
The petitioner explained
that Sonde, as account officer of the customer, allegedly collected cash
from the micro-finance bank on several occasions totaling N124 million
which were not credited into the customer’s account.
investigations revealed that the defendant (Sonde) allegedly doctored
emails which he sent to the micro-finance bank as monthly statements of
account, while there was no remittance in the account.
on January 19, two officials of the bank, identified as Walter Ekomaye
and Ebenezer Adelowo, were also arraigned for allegedly making illegal
withdrawal of N23 million from customers’ accounts and stealing N17.5
million from Automated Teller Machine (ATM) deposits.
Source: Nairaland, May 23, 2018