An employee of the Fidelity Bank Plc, Kehinde Olumide Agbabiaka, has been arrested by the Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for allegedly stealing N137 million.
A press statement by the anti-graft agency states that the arrest of Agbabiaka, a sales agent of Fidelity Bank, was sequel to a petition jointly writtten by the bank’s Regional Security Officer and the Cluster Control and Compliance Manager, in which it was alleged that the suspect suppressed, diverted and stole a total sum of N137,000,000 from personal and corporate accounts of a customer in Ibadan.
The petition filed on August 20, 2019, alleged that Agbabiaka committed the offence between January 2017 and July 2019.
The suspect who was the account officer attached to the customer, was said to be visiting the business premises of the victim weekly to collect cash with the understanding that he would remit same to his accounts domiciled in the bank’s branch at Challenge, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
But instead of depositing the money, Agbabiaka was said to have, at different times, remitted only a portion and on many occasions, diverted the whole sum to personal use.
In order to cover his criminal acts, the suspect, according to the petition, would rather issue fictitious bank slips to deceive the customer that he truly deposited the sums.
This continued until the customer reviewed the statement of his account and reconciled same with the cash collection register. It was then they discovered Agbabiaka’s fraudulent deeds, prompting the bank to put up the petition.
So far, the EFCC investigators have established a prima facie case of diversion and stealing against the suspect.
Further investigations also revealed that the suspect had used the suppressed sums to build houses, purchase luxury cars, invest in fixed deposits and insurance policies. He also gave part of the loot to people as friendly loans. Some of the items have been recovered and registered as exhibits.
The EFCC says he will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.