By: RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The long arm of the law has caught up with two members of a three -man syndicate that specialises in defrauding bank customers, as they have been nabbed by operatives of Zone 2 Police Command.
The suspects, identified as Babalola Akinyele, aged 35 years (a.k.a Olumba) and Adeshina Adenekan, aged 35 years were said to have in collaboration with a staff of Zenith Bank identified simply as Bunmi to defrauded some customers of cash running into N3 million.
It was reliably gathered that the Zenith Bank staff, who is now at large, was the brain behind the deal, as he usually transfers money from customers’ account in different bank accounts operated by the syndicate and immediately withdrawn by them.
Police source informed that investigation revealed that Bunmi the bank ataff had contacted Akinyele with the idea and the later also recruited Adenekan, who provided the different accounts that the fraudulent transfers were made.
” There modus operandi was that Adenekan contacted the people that own the accounts and promised them 10% of whatever amount that comes and provided Bunmi with the account numbers. Bunmi in turn carried out the illegal transfer and immediately ask Adenekan to withdraw the money.
Adenekan was provided with different ATM cards with which he withdrew money from any bank.
Upon withdrawal, Adenekan, Akinyele and owner of the account used, get 10% each of the amount, while Bunmi takes 70%”, the source disclosed.
The lid of the fraudulent act was said to have been blown when the account of one of the accomplice was blocked by the bank management following a complain by a victim.
” It was when he went to the bank to complain about the blockage of his account that he was confronted with the fraudulent transfers and withdrawal from his account as reason for the lien.
It was at this point that he then disclosed that it was Adenekan that was using his account for the transactions”, the police source hinted.
The Zonal police public relations officer, CSP. Dolapo Badmus while confirming the arrest said the suspects were arrested by operatives of the Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS) of the command.
She disclosed that the sum of N3 million, being proceed of the fraudulent transaction has been traced to the suspects.
Informing that the suspects were apprehended in Abeokuta and Ijebu-ode Ogun state, Badmus said the AIG has directed that the suspects be charged to court at the completion of investigation.
The suspects in a chat with journalists confessed to the crime, describing Bunmi as the arrow head of the syndicate.
Adenekan confirmed that he contacted the owners of the accounts used for the fraudulent transactions, with a deceit that the money are proceeds from sales of land.
” I was the one that provided the bank accounts, In order for them not to know about the deal, I told them I deal in sales of land and needed multiple accounts where I can.split the proceed from.sales”, the suspect stated.