Bank Relationship Manager Arrested for Allegedly Withdrawing N14.85 Million from Customer’s Account.
In a startling case of alleged financial fraud, one Awulu Friday Ayegba, a relationship manager with a new-generation bank, has been apprehended by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for purportedly withdrawing N14,850,000.00 from a customer’s account.
The EFCC spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, released a statement on Thursday, confirming Ayegba’s arrest by EFCC operatives.
According to the statement, Ayegba is accused of conducting fraudulent withdrawals totaling N14.8 million from a customer’s account during a period spanning from June 7 to July 21, 2023.
It is alleged that he impersonated two individuals, Henry Olowo and Terseer Shibiam, using counterfeit passport photographs, national identification numbers, and phone numbers to open bank accounts in the names of two companies, namely Sulib Complex & Investments and Seamless & More Global. Remarkably, neither of these companies were duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission. Ayegba subsequently used these bogus accounts to carry out the illicit withdrawals.
The EFCC further revealed that intelligence reports indicated that Ayegba had also forged documents that belonged to an individual named Nduka Obinna, using them to fraudulently apply for a loan facility amounting to N40 million.
Additionally, there were concerns that he was planning to abscond abroad with his family.
The EFCC confirmed that Ayegba will face charges in court once their investigations are concluded. This case serves as a stark reminder of the need for vigilance and security in the banking sector to prevent such financial crimes.