A female ex-staff of Ecobank Nigeria Plc. has been declared wanted over a Queen-size insider fraud.
The woman, Theresa Odubanjo, allegedly absconded with over N500 million belonging to some customers of the bank.
The suspect was working at the Warehouse Road, Apapa Branch of the bank until April last year when she absconded from duty.
NewsmakersNG learnt that 43-year-old Odubanjo, who was a Relationship Manager with the bank, vanished without a trace when she realised that her cover was about to be blown.
It was gathered that the victims of the fraud were customers with fixed deposit accounts with the bank, whose investments she was managing as the Account Officer.
A source familiar with the police investigation told NewsmakersNG that the suspect perpetrated the fraud over a long period by cloning the accounts of her victims and using it to siphon funds from their original accounts.
NewsmakersNG learnt that the method employed by the suspect in perpetrating the fraud was so sophisticated that the victims were receiving seemingly authentic fixed deposit certificates whenever deposits were made. They were also receiving their accrued dividends regularly via the authorized channels.
Neither the bank nor the victims suspected any foul play throughout the period the fraud lasted, investigators further disclosed.
NewsmakersNG also learnt that one of the victims lost over N80 million, while another lost over N50 million to the fraud.
One of the affected customers has reportedly dragged the bank to court in a bid to recover his money, insisting that the bank was entirely liable for the loss of his investment.
NewsmakersNG commenced investigations into the crime following a Wanted Person notice published by the Lagos State Police Command based on the petition it received from the bank.
Here’s the content of the published notice:
“ODUBANJO THERESA ‘F’
“The Lagos State Police Command has declared the above named person wanted in connection with a case of Conspiracy and Stealing of a large sum of money from the bank where she worked.
“That the said person was residing formerly at No. 12, Alhaji Ganiyu Olaiya Street, GRA Extension, lkeja, Lagos. She is 43 years old, 1.6ft tall, light in complexion, speaks Yoruba, English and Pidgin English language fluently, from Ogun State.
“She has defrauded various customers of the bank to the tune of Five Hundred and Fifteen Million, Eight Hundred and Forty-Eight Thousand, Four Hundred and Seventy-Three Naira, Fifty-Five Kobo (N515,848,473.55), in which Odubanjo Theresa ‘F’ is yet to be arrested in spite of massive efforts by the Police of this Department which has proved abortive.
“Anyone who knows her whereabouts should contact the Police Department, Lagos State Police Command or the nearest Police Station or call: 07063115303 or 08037 229179, 090900003792.
“Signed: LAGOS STATE POLICE COMMAND.”
Source : NewsmakersNG
The online video showing Mrs. Bidemi Mathew, a Kogi State civil servant to have stormed Africa Independent Television (AIT) and accused Mr. Yahaya Bello, the state governor of being wicked and fraudulent.
Mathew in a live broadcast, say; Bello is not paying salaries and has asked her to retire from service because she went for study leave.
“Bello has not been paying salaries and insisted I go on retirement; I have spent 15 years in the service. I want the whole world to beg Bello to reinstate me into the service” she said in the video.
In the video, she displayed her statement of account and said, she still has 30 years in service.
She alleged that Bello engages in a practice that seems fraudulent; she narrated how Bellow will owe workers two-year salaries, and at the end pays two months and announces to the world that he has paid all the salaries owed.
“My pain is that, If Bello owes you two years, he will only pay two months and tell the whole world that he has paid all the money he owes you,” Mathew said.
She appealed to the government to go to Access and Zenith Bank to see the havoc Bello government has done to Kogi civil servants.
“Let the government go to Access and Zenith banks and see the havoc Bello has done to Kogi state civil service” she added.
Mathew disclosed how people are afraid to speak about the things that are happening under Bello administration for fear of being killed.
“People are afraid of Bello because of the threat to life, this one am doing now, my life is not safe in his hands, but I can no longer keep quiet because I am hungry, they should help me collect my money from him, because a Kobo I will not leave it for him.
“He owes me two years salaries, from January to July 2017 I did not get any salary until August when I got one month salary, and later I got a half salary that spilled over October to December”.
“I had to borrow money to fund my PGD program because Bello refused to pay my salaries”.West
The Department of State Security (DSS) on Sunday, confirmed it has presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Mr Omoyele Sowore in its custody.
Sowore was arrested on Saturday by operatives of the DSS in his Lagos residence over proposed #RevolutionNow protests billed for Monday.
DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya confirmed this to reporters during a briefing at the DSS headquarters in Abuja.
The spokesperson said the secret police was aware that Mr Sowore had been in touch with foreign actors to destabilise Nigeria.
He did not provide details of Sowore’s detention location, or if he will be taken to court.
The Chinwe Bode-Akinwande (CBA) Foundation, a non-governmental organization, has empowered widows within Okun-Ilado community of Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State.
The under-privileged widows, numbering over 100 were lifted with business grants, food-items, clothings, scholarships for their children and free medical treatments.
According to the organization, the one-day outreach supported by First Bank of Nigeria, is in commemoration of the 2019 United Nations’ International Widows’ Day.
Speaking at the event, the founder of the foundation, Mrs. Chinwe Bode-Akingbade, said that the gesture was imperative to assist the pitiable conditions of widows and less-privileged in the society as well as boosting their confidence.
“The foundation was established to alleviate sufferings and pains of the less-privileged, especially widows and their children in the society.
“And I decided to do this because I’m led by God and also, I’ve watched closely, listened to some of the victims of widowhood and I realised that less attention is paid to under-privileged widows. I have friends who are victims and I can tell you, the dehumanization and injustice meted to widows in the country is unimaginable, hence, I decided to contribute my little quota as a selfless act to alleviate their pains.
“As I speak, we currently have over 600 authentic widows on our profile, and the children of about 90 per cent of them have dropped out of school because of lack of funds. So, even if it’s the basic education we are able to give to them, they can build on it. We don’t want children who should be in schools on the streets because their mothers cannot afford school fees. Who knows if the future president is among them? Every child should have access to education and a good life and that is what CBA Foundation intends to achieve.
“To change our society and make the world a better place, we must love, give and share no matter how small.”
She further called on the government to implement and enforce the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act (VAPP) which has the protection of widows in the country, stressing that the government needs to create more awareness about the act for widows to know their rights and also for people to thred with caution.
The traditional ruler (Baale) of the Okun-Ilado community, Chief Ologbon Oladeyinde, speaking with joy, noted that the gesture would go a long way in salvaging the wretched situation of widows in the community as poverty, hunger and malnutrition are a great threat to their livelihood.
One of beneficiaries, Mrs Yaya Taiwo while expressing her gratitude to the foundation said she was overwhelmed by the gesture of the foundation as it has given her life a meaning.
Exciting times await GOtv customers in the month of August, as the country’s leading terrestrial video entertainment provider has announced a line-up of programmes.
All through the month, GOtv customers will have access to the freshest of telenovelas, movies, kiddies, documentaries and general entertainment programmes from top local and international channels spread across different packages on the platform.
On Telemundo (GOtv channel 14) this month, the story of an ordinary girl in the big city continues in Betty in New York every week day at 7pm. After being rejected for multiple jobs, a young Hispanic woman living in New York City accepts a position which is far below her qualifications in the fashion industry. As she gradually finds herself in this new world, she will also have to face the greatest challenge of her life, which is love.
The concluding episode of season one of False Identity will be broadcast on Monday, 5 August at 9pm. An armed confrontation leaves Corona badly wounded and Mateo vowing revenge. Can Isabel and Diego assume new identities and escape with the children? False Identity follows the story of Isabel and Diego, two complete strangers, who assume the identity of a dead American tourist and his wife in order to escape their pasts in Sonora.
There’s more this month on Zee World (GOtv channel 25) every week day at 7pm with the romance-intrigued drama, Fire and Ice. On the episodes this month, Twinkle exposes Anand for Kunj’s kidnapping in front of the whole family. Leela has an altercation with Anita outside the house.
Top black entertainment channel, BET (GOtv channel 21) is packed with an exciting line-up of movies and series this month. In The Next Big Thing, up-and-coming musical artistes are subjected to a development boot camp, where they are given access to top vocal coaches, trainers, choreographers, writers, producers, and glam squads to advance their careers. Follow their progression on the programme, starting from Thursday, 1 August at 8pm.
Then, Mary Jane Paul and her fans will get the closure they wanted, albeit with some heartbreak, tears and a new-born along the way in the season finale of Being Mary Jane, showing on Sunday, 4 August at 7pm.
Starting from Wednesday, 7 August at 8:30pm, the joy of 13 intending brides will multiply as each of them is given the opportunity to choose a wedding dress of their dreams in a new reality wedding show, Two Families and a Wedding Dress.
Still showing this month on BET (GOtv channel 21), movie buffs will be thrilled by the action movie, Bad Boys, on Sunday, 11 August at 7pm. The plot thickens as two hip detectives protect a witness to a murder while investigating a case of stolen heroin from the evidence storage room from their police precinct. The movie stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.
For GOtv customers with an interest in documentaries, CBS Reality (GOtv channel 22) presents Donal Macintyre’s Murder Files, showing on Monday, 12 August at 8:10pm. Donal Macintyre, a renowned undercover reporter and crime journalist, examines the most horrific and fascinating crimes, interviewing first-hand, the men and women who ensured justice was done. Meanwhile, on Monday, 12 August on Nat Geo Wild (GOtv channel 47) at 12:15pm, watch as the old elephant matriarch, Mensah, must now take her young calf and the herd to safety after the tragic death of her mother in Elephant Queen. Then at 1:50pm same day, three elephant families struggle to overcome adversity as they migrate for food and safety in An Elephant’s World.
The kids have also a galaxy of shows to keep them happy on their return from summer classes and during the weekend. One of such programmes is Jojo’s Dream Birthday, which airs on Saturday, 10 August at 11:55pm on Nickelodeon (GOtv channel 62). Join Jojo from the moment she wakes up, as she embarks on the most epic 24 hours of her life, filled with super special guests, big surprises, and a birthday party she’ll never forget.
Kiddies will also get to enjoy the award-winning series, Badanamu Cadets. It will be broadcast on Monday, 12 August at 5:30pm on Jim Jam (GOtv channel 61). Bada and his fellow cadets as they battle against the forces of darkness, keeping the world of Badanamu safe. New opponents devoted to mischief and destruction emerge from the dark forests beyond Wonder wood, and it will take all the cadets’ bravery and careful thinking to stop them.
Beret clad dog, Claude, returns this month, as Claude and Sir Bobblysock mind Denzel Pedal’s van but try a bit too hard to sell a job lot of kites and end up attracting a different type of flyer. It will be aired on weekends throughout August, starting from Saturday, 3 August at noon on Disney Junior (GOtv channel 60)
Fred Rogers hosts Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood, a thoughtful children’s show, treats kids like intelligent people who deserve programming just as good as that for adults. The educational programme airs on Friday, 30 August at 11:10am on PBS Kids (GOtv channel 65).