FCMB BANK IN ANOTHER THEFT CONTROVERSY, AS NINE BANK STAFF ABSCOND WITH N.5 BILLION CUSTOMERS’ DEPOSITS
The theft that happened in First City Monument Bank (FCMB), which was exposed by The Capital Online, has taken a fresh dimension as the management of FCMB along with the Police authorities has declared the nine bankers responsible for the diversion of over N500 Million of customers monies wanted.
According to The Capital Online’s report on August 18th, “customers of FCMB, were in for hard times, stating that the bank appears to have lost its security edge over their competitors. As nine members of the bank namely Linda Natufe Chekwube, Matthew Akpan Benny, Juwon Faromoh, Oluwasoji Ajetumobi, Ogunlaja Olasukanmi Ganiyu, Oshiojum Chibuzor Wilson, Akanaga Christian Chika and Nelson Omuzagha and Adeyemi Omitogun, have made away with a total sum of N500 Million, in what has been termed the biggest theft of customers’ deposit in recent times. And till date, their whereabouts remain unknown, even though the Nigeria Police have secured an arrest warrant from a Magistrate Court in Lagos for the suspected fraudulent staff.
The suspects who are between ages 31-40, allegedly fleeced depositors of their hard earned money through numerous crafty means. Ogunlaja and Chekwube, fraudulently authorized overdraft totaling Three Hundred and Eighty Eight Million Naira (N388 Million). While the other duo allegedly transferred customers’ monies to other accounts, and closed the accounts without consent or authorization from the accounts’ holders. While the others blatantly stole customers’ deposits undetected by the bank, which is fast becoming a safe haven for fraudsters perpetrating sophisticated scams.
The Adam Nuru led FCMB has been experiencing systematic theft for quite some time, thereby reducing customers confidence as to the trustworthiness of the financial institution. Few weeks before the heist, Adejare Sonde, a staff of the bank, (now relieved of his job), was arraigned by the EFCC on 12-count charge bordering on stealing N124 Million from a depositor’s account. The case which was instituted at a State High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State, where Sonde was accused of using his position as the account officer to a Micro-Finance bank to steal N124 Million from the customer’s account. The EFCC, alleged that Sonde collected cash from the micro-finance bank on several occasions totalling N124 Million, which were never credited into the customer’s account. After which the defendant (Sonde), allegedly doctored emails and sent to the micro-finance bank as monthly statements of account, while there was no remittance in the account.
In January 19th 2018, two officials of FCMB bank, Walter Ekomaye and Ebenezer Adelowo, were also arraigned for allegedly making illegal withdrawal of N23 Million from customers’ accounts, and stealing N17.5 Million from Automated Teller Machine (ATM) deposits.
What do you think about these fraud related cases concerning FCMB bank?