Two staff of Fidelity Bank Plc, Wasiu Adegbemi and Kemi Adegboyega, have been dragged before a Federal High Court for defrauding customers of the bank of a whooping N150 million.
This is barely few weeks after a senior staff at the Allen Avenue branch of the bank made away with N250 million belonging to a customer.
Adegbemi and Adegboyega are said to have committed the crime sometime in March 2017, along with their accomplices – Ismaeel Salami, Chukwunomso Ifeanyi, Okpetu John, James Idagu, Oyelade Shola, Osuolale Hameed, Akeem Adeshina, and others who have since absconded to evade justice.
Some of them are, shockingly, staff of telecommunications giant MTN. This is according to charge sheet FHC/L248C/!7 at the Federal High Court of Nigeria in Lagos.
Together, they allegedly conspired to steal a total of N150 million belonging to Messrs Olusanjo Kazeem Ayofe, Aslan Investment Limited, Idowu Ibironke and Ayodeji Fagbohun who had been maintaining accounts with the bank for a long time.
To aid them in their dastardly plan, they somehow plotted with some unscrupulous staff of MTN to transfer the plaintiffs’ phone numbers to other SIM cards under the guise of a SIM swap registration. This ensured the plaintiffs would not get any notification of financial transactions on their accounts during the period of the fraud.
Thereafter, the fraudsters proceeded to use illegally-acquired ATM cards to fraudulently siphon money from the plaintiffs’ bank accounts.
A source in the bank, who spoke on the issue, said the senior management of Fidelity Bank is jittery at the spate of fraud by staff, which is beginning to drag the bank’s name to the mud.