An Ikeja Magistrate Court has ordered the Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe, to appear before it over alleged ‘fraudulent withdrawals’ from the bank account of the Provost of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Gbemiga Ogunleye.
Documents seen byPREMIUM TIMES revealed that the bank chief was summoned following a motion filed by the lawyer to Mr. Wigwe requesting that his client’s name be struck out of the suit filed by Mr. Ogunleye.
Mr. Ogunleye’s lawyer, Ayodele Olaniyi, had demanded that the bank CEO appeared before the court over an alleged N292,931 ‘fraudulent withdrawal’ made on his account by an unknown third party between 2014 and 2015.
The ‘Fraudulent Withdrawals’
PREMIUM TIMES gathered that between November 30 and December 1, 2014, the sums of N73,234, N73,234 and N146,461 were withdrawn from the account of Mr. Ogunleye by an unknown person without his knowledge, consent and approval either by issuance of cheques or otherwise.
When he lodged complaints at the bank, documents seen by PREMIUM TIMES revealed that he was asked to fill a form and subsequently told to await the bank’s investigation into the matter.
Three weeks after his complaint in January 2015, three other withdrawals were made from Mr. Ogunleye’s account in the sum of N146,818, N73,592, and N73,592.
When contacted, documents show that the new withdrawals were reversed but the ones effected earlier in November were not reversed.
When Mr. Ogunleye reported at the headquarters of the bank, he was told that the outcome of the investigations revealed that he either made the withdrawals with his ATM in the United States or gave his pin number to a third party who made the withdrawals in the U.S.