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EFCC Arrests Commercial Bank Staff Over N137m Fraud



Operatives of the Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested one a staff of a new generation commercial bank (name withheld) for allegedly stealing N173m.

Naija News understands that the suspect was arrested sequel to a petition jointly penned by the bank’s Regional Security Officer and the Cluster Control and Compliance Manager.

In the petition, it was alleged that the suspect suppressed, diverted and stole a total sum of N137,000,000 from personal and corporate accounts of a customer in Ibadan.

The petition filed on August 20, 2019, noted that the suspect committed the offence between January 2017 and July 2019.

This online news platform understands that the suspect, who was the account officer attached to the customer, was said to be visiting the business premises of the victim weekly to collect cash with the understanding that he would credit the monies to the account of the customer.

But, instead of depositing the money, the bank staff was reported to have at different times remitted only a portion and on many occasions diverted the whole sum to his own purse.

With the aim of covering his act, the suspect according to the petition allegedly generated fake bank slips to convince the customer that he has been crediting his account as agreed.

The fraudulent deads of the suspect, however, made the bank to come up with the petition against him.

Some of the items have been recovered and registered as exhibits.

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The suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.