Saturday, December 28, 2013

Banker Arrested For Stealing N50m From Customers In Lagos (LOOK)

The Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi, Lagos State, has arrested an account officer of Guaranty Trust Homes, Adeola Olokojobi, in connection with a N50m fraud at the financial institution. Prior to his arrest, Olokojobi was said to be working at the GT Homes, Saka Tinubu branch in Victoria Island.

“An internal investigation conducted by GT Homes into the account revealed that Olokojobi in April 2013, forged an instruction, transferring N15m from the petitioner’s account, to an unknown account.

“The bank also discovered other various fraudulent withdrawals made by the account officer from other customers’ accounts in his care through fake transfer instructions. It amounted to over N50m.

“He said the funds were used to finance his political campaign, a proposed pure water company and purchase of an uncompleted building at Sango-Ota, Ogun State."

The SFU, according to Punch, had received a petition in October 2013, from a customer of the branch where Olokojobi worked. The customer had alleged that Olokojobi, who was his account officer, had “not been forthcoming with his account balances.”

A statement by the SFU Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, said, “The petitioner also alleged that the balance given to him was at variance with his actual balance in the account...

“Olokojobi in his confessional statement said he had fraudulently withdrawn monies amounting to N50,640,748 from the account of the customers by transferring funds into the accounts of fictitious customers and subsequently withdrawing same.”

A banking and finance graduate, Olokojobi joined GT Homes in 2009.

He, however, denied that he had fraudulently transferred over N50m, insisting that instead, it was N27m.

He said, “I didn’t have to forge the instructions from GT homes customers. All I did was manipulate them. What happens is that they usually send instructions to the account officers by email, requesting that some money be transferred to an account of their choice. All I simply do is add another million or two to the sum the customer requested.

“It went unnoticed all this while because after using the money to do some business transactions, I always paid it back. I was into several businesses; I would buy land and resell for profit.

“I got into trouble with this one because I withdrew N15m at once from a customer’s account; I didn’t take it bit by bit, but I meant to pay it back. In fact, I had already started doing so before I was caught and arrested. But the police are not right in saying that the money I had withdrawn from customers amounted to N50m; it is N27m.”

I hear the suspect would soon be charged to court, where he could answer for his actions.

6 comments:

  1. They should live him what abt politicians #bright bravo#

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  2. every day is always for thief

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  3. Atleast d guy still dey return d money after stealin it,hw many politicians return money dey stole? Bode george was celebrated and cleared of conviction after stealin billions,so let d poor boy be afterall if e ask of loan of dat kind would dey have granted it?? Abeg make dem free d guy jOoor.. Dis will continue to happen until d youths re sure of a safe and fruitful future

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  4. He has failed the communities, let him dance to d rhyme. He deserved to be punish even the politicians ,they deserve to be sentence.

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  5. He Does not have right to take customers money.He needs to be punished.If nothing is done about him.....definatly another person will do it and gradually we are killing ourself.As for politicians........may god punish all that divert public funs to personal use.

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  6. I'm disappointed and pitty all those supporting the this thief. Hw should pple of this nature be supported and be encourage. Is this a way of getting rid of curruption? Are those money he is stealing government money? Pls. Youth of this nation should Open their eyes wide and be wise. A deserved purnishment should be giving to him. "Ole"

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