A covert camera phone came in handy in a major bank theft of N5.5million from the account of an unsuspecting customer by a staff of Skye Bank, investigators at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have revealed.[blockquote]According to the anti-graft agency, investigations into the bank haul revealed that one of the suspected fraudsters, Ademola Okunlola, a staff of Skye Bank, Ikeja Branch in Lagos, secretly used his camera phone to capture the signature specimen and photograph of the victim in the alleged fraudulent transfer. [/blockquote]
So far, five persons who have been nabbed by the EFCC would soon be charge to court over the alleged theft that took place March 3, last year at the bank.
[mapsmarker marker=”4″]According to the anti-graft agency, investigations into the bank haul revealed that one of the suspected fraudsters, Ademola Okunlola, a staff of Skye Bank, Ikeja Branch in Lagos, secretly used his camera phone to capture the signature specimen and photograph of the victim in the alleged fraudulent transfer.
According to the anti-graft agency, the alleged fraudsters moved the sum of N5.5 million from one Ajani Kareem Musibau, whose account is domiciled in Skye Bank Plc.
Okunola, the staff of Skye Bank “set the stage for the scam when he covertly used his camera phone to capture the photograph and signature specimen of Musibau”, the EFFC said.
The Skye Bank staff allegedly gained access into the account and sent the details to another staff of the bank, Bayo Olowoyo at the Toyin Street, Ikeja branch.
According to EFCC, the duo allegedly sent Musibau’s photograph and signature specimen to a member of their syndicate who effected the money transfers into two accounts. The sum of N4.1million was moved into Adebajo Biodun Olusola’s account with Wema Bank, Shagamu Branch, Ogun State while N1, 45million was moved into another account operated by Temitope Pedro with Guaranty Trust Bank, Ikeja branch.
EFCC said that five suspects so far arrested in connection with the alleged theft include Ademola Okunlola, 36; Tajudeen Oluwanisola, 41; Kolawole Adams, 52; Temitope Pedro, 27; Bayo Olowoyo, 39 and Otunba Biodun Adebanjo, 56.
They were picked up in different locations in Lagos by operatives of the anti-graft agency for allegedly effecting the fraudulent transfer following a petition by the management of Skye Bank.
EFCC said that the suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.