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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Trouble In Wema Bank As 2 Clerks Diverts, Withdraw Customers N93M To Different Accounts Within 24hrs

There is a mess in Wema Bank that has attracted police investigation and ongoing prosecution.

Here are the details

Two employees of Wema Bank Plc on were on Wednesday arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court by the police for allegedly defrauding the bank of N93.2 million.

The police prosecutor, Chidi Okoye, told the court that the defendants, Joseph Adeleye (32) and Bankole Alade (36) were clerks at the headquarters of the bank at Marina, Lagos.

The men are facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, fraud and stealing.

The police prosecutor alleged that they committed the offence, with others at large, between November 2012 and July this year at the bank’s headquarters and at Emrey Hotel, Lagos.

He claimed that the defendants and their accomplices revealed the passwords of the “BSM and TOFT” (banking software) of their branches to fraudsters.

“The fraudsters gained access to Wema Bank Fund Transfer menu and transferred the above mentioned sum to various fraudulent accounts and also withdrew same within 24 hours.

“Adeleye and Alade also revealed the Impute Override Menu and the Override Menu of the bank to the fraudsters, which they used to steal the said amount, using 18 different bank accounts”

The account numberes were given as 0228590857, 0228600022, 0228556552, 0228646558, 0228261847, 0228661344, 0228451413, 0228738905, 0228624574, 0228620124, 0228688141, 0228747675, 0228676645, 0225920608, 0221550018, 0223528581, 0228578220 and 0224440459.

The alleged offences are said to be contrary to Sections 409, 333 and 285 (6) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

But the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

If convicted, they face a maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment, if no other charges are considered.

They were granted bail by the Magistrate, Ms. Abimbola Awogboro, in the sum of N5 million with two sureties in like sum each

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