Friday, August 12

How former bank manager & his accomplice conspired to divert customers’ N14m

A former manager of Ecobank Nigeria Plc, Ejigbo branch, Ikechukwu Aghanenu has been arrested by the police for allegedly conspiring with a suspected fraudster, Anthony Okpala, to defraud two customers of the bank of N14m. The suspects reportedly diverted N4.014m from the account of deceased, Oluremi Egunjobi and N10m withdrawn from UK-Based Rabiu Lawal’s account.

It was learnt that 34-year-old Okpala and one other suspect at large, had presented themselves to Aghanenu as the relatives of the deceased with some forged documents authorizing the bank to release the sum. Okpala also allegedly plotted with Aghanenu to withdraw N10m from Rabiu Lawal’s account in batches while parading himself as the victim’s business partner.

According to a police source, the fraud was detected after a lawyer to the deceased’s relatives and Lawal respectively lodged complaints to the bank.

The source said,
“The bank reported the fraud to the police and in the course of investigation, it was discovered that the fraudulent transactions were carried out by Okpala with the knowledge of the ex-manager and others at large.
“The other victim, Lawal, works in UK and saves money at the bank with the hope of using the money to invest when he relocates to Nigeria. It was when he checked his account balance that he discovered the withdrawals and complained to the bank.”

Both suspects were arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate Court on Thursday on five counts bordering on fraud and forgery, which they pleaded not guilty to.

The prosecutor, Friday Mameh said the offences contravened sections 287, 361, 409 and 378 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

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