An Ecobank customer, Saheed Abayomi, 46, has been arraigned Lagos Magistrate Court for alleged conniving with the fleeing former female Branch Manager of the Apapa branch of the bank, identified simply as Theresa, to fraudulently withdraw the sum of N482 million from the account of the bank and allegedly shared it.
Police alleged that the female manager allegedly perpetrated the fraud with the accused by issuing fake certificates to customers of the bank who deposited huge sum of money in their fixed deposit accounts to assure them that their savings was safe and using the account of the accused to transfer customer‘s funds from their accounts to her own.
Police alleged that the fraud was uncovered by the management of the bank audited the account books of the Apapa branch of the bank and reported the incident to the Divisional Police Officer, DPO in charge of Ikoyi Prison, Ikoyi, Lagos, Tijani Mustaphe N’Abba, who directed his man to fish out the suspects involved in the alleged fraud.
The source asserted that Abayomi was followed and captured at his residence at Baale Street, Boundary, Ajegunle, Lagos and that when the police visited the living arrangement of Theresa at Okota territory of Isolo, Lagos to capture her, they discovered that she had hurriedly packed out to unknown place.
During investigation, according to a police source, Abayomi allegedly told the police that he opened an account with the Apapa branch of Ecobank through the female manager, but that he was shocked that the manager suddenly changed his name in the account with another person’s name.
Abayomi was charged before the Igbosere Magistrate Court, Lagos of conniving with others still at large to fraudulently withdrew the sum of N400m from Ecobank account and impersonating one Garba Musa, a customer of the bank to fraudulently withdrew the sum of N82m from his account.
Police counsel, Reuben Solomon informed the court in charge No M/114/2018 that Abayomi and others still at large committed the offence between April and May, 2018 at Ecobank Plc in Lagos.
Solomon told the court that the accused connived with the fleeing former female branch manager of the Apapa branch of the bank to fraudulently steal the sum of N482 from the account of the bank.
He said that the offences committed were punishable under Sections 411, 323 and 285 of the criminal laws of Lagos State, 2015.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the alleged offence and Magistrate A. M Davies granted him bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Davies adjourned the case till 7 January, 2019 for mentioned and ordered that the defendant be kept at Ikoyi Prison Lagos till he perfected the bail conditions.