Criminal Minds Bank manager in soup for stealing N14m belonging to dead customer

A banker who connived with a fraudster to steal money from the account of a dead woman has been arrested by the police in Lagos.

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The suspects, Ikechukwu Aghanenu and Anthony Okpala play

The suspects, Ikechukwu Aghanenu and Anthony Okpala

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Ikechukwu Aghanenu, a former manager with Ejigbo, Lagos State branch of a new generation bank, Ecobank Nigeria Plc, has been arrested by the State Police Command for allegedly colluding with a notorious fraudster, Anthony Okpala, to defraud two customers, one a dead woman, Oluremi Egunjobi, and a UK based businessman, Rabiu Lawal, of the sum of N14 million.

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It was gathered that the 41-year-old Aghanenu, committed the fraud when he was the manager of the bank's branch and was arrested after an investigation by the bank management discovered that he had diverted N4.014 million from the deceased’s bank account, while N10 million was said to have been fraudulently withdrawn from Lawal’s account.

Before the crime was committed, Okpala, 34, was said to to have presented himself and another accomplice who is now on the run, to Aghanenu as the relatives of the deceased with some forged documents authorising the bank to release the sum.

It was gathered that the deal was perfected between September and November, 2015 and the money was withdrawn from the late Egunjobi’s account.

The police reveal that within the same period, Okpala paraded himself as a business partner of Lawal and allegedly colluded with Aghanenu to withdraw N10m from Lawal’s account in tranches.

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The fraud came to light when a lawyer to the deceased’s relatives and Lawal respectively lodged complaints to the bank, and investigations indicted Aghanenu and he was dismissed by the bank and handed over to the police.

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