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BANKER BOLTS WITH CUSTOMERS' N40M

A transaction officer with an old generation bank in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, Ayoade Ahmed Abimbola, 28, has been charged to court over N40 million theft.
The banker was arrested by the police at the Lion Building Division, Campbell Street, Lagos Island, Lagos for allegedly defrauding his employers  of over N40 million. The money was allegedly stolen from the accounts of customers of the bank.

He was arraigned before a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court on an eight-count charge of felony to wit, stealing.
The police alleged that the accused was arrested following  complaints by the bank’s management that the accused used his position as the transaction officer of the bank to withdraw money from its customers’ accounts without authorisation .
It was alleged that in September 2011, during working hours, Abimbola  modified account No. 2912010005999 and No.2913010032599 belonging to G.E. Jonathan  and  Apata Emmanuel Babajide respectively without any authorisation.
The bank alleged that on 22 November 2011, the suspect stole N5,063,900 from account No.3008160882 and No.2000434414  for  G.E. Jonathan  as well as N6,105,000 from accountNo. 3002584963 for Jacob Cherobim Ikechukwu.
The suspect was also accused of withdrawing N3, 655,000 from account No.200060008 for Johnson Similola Onibuje on 23 November 2011, while he withdrew N5,986,800 from account No. 3005101422 for  Obarora David on 13 December, 2012 without authorisation.
The police further alleged that the accused stole N18, 250,793 from account No. 3006635045 belonging to Abehigbe Odion John and property of  the bank  before he resigned and fled to South Africa.
The bank management, according to the police, discovered the theft when they audited their account.
The accused was thereafter arrested by the police with the assistance of his female friend, whose account he allegedly used to transfer some of the money he allegedly stole from the bank.
After an investigation by a police team including Sergeant Oluranti Elegbede, he was charged to court for theft.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The presiding  magistrate, Mrs O.A. Ogala, admitted him on bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties who must provide evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State government.

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