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Polaris Bank Refunds ₦20 Million Stolen By Top Bank Staff



Ajibola Sanusi, an account holder with Polaris Bank, has had his money refunded to him after it was stolen.

Naija News reports that details had emerged online on how a worker in the bank had transferred money from Sanusi’s account without his consent.

Going through his account statement, he discovered that a total of ₦19,732,190 was stolen by a top employee of the bank between July 5 and 12.

He later called the bank and requested that his account be blocked.

Using proxies, the money was transferred to different accounts belonging to Gbenga Adebisi Florence, Abdulazeem Olamide Bello, Dudafa Preye, Sakirat Adesiju and Shukurat Tayo Ibitoye without Sanusi’s authorisation.

“So I visited Nigeria last week and found out my savings account had been tampered with by the staff of Polaris Bank, Computer Village branch, Ikeja, Lagos. Over ₦20 million was stolen from me” Sanusi had told SaharaReporters.

For the three months, I realised I stopped receiving my monthly email alerts, which bothered me. On June 18, 2021, I received an alert of debited sum of ₦50, so I called the customer service (number) immediately and the lady asked if I was familiar with the name Ismail Bello and I responded that it sounded familiar but I couldn’t remember. She said the person was my account officer, so I asked her what would my account officer want to do with ₦50?

She said he might do that to track my balance, so I asked how much is my balance at the moment and she told me the exact amount I was expecting to hear.

So I told her to please block my account and that no one is authorised to make any withdrawal except me and that it has to be me coming physically and she claimed she did it. So arriving in Nigeria on Saturday, 17th of July at about 11:45am, I got to my branch where I opened the account and was told I didn’t have enough balance in my account.”

He stated that a staff of the bank showed him a  Nigerian passport that was used to create an online banking.

According to what one their staff members showed to me, I could see they have a record. I called in on June 18 requesting that they should block my account” Sanusi said.

I requested for a printout copy of the statements and I saw how my money was being transferred on a daily basis to different accounts.

“They transferred the money after I had blocked the account, I think the so-called Ismail Bello removed the ₦50 intentionally to see maybe I would visit the bank. Maybe because he didn’t see me, he and others thought something bad had happened to me and stole my money.”

But speaking on Friday, the account holder disclosed that his money has been refunded.

George Oshogwe Ogbolu is a Digital Media Strategist | Content Writer | Journalist | New Media Influencer | Proofreader and a Deputy Editor at Naija News.