By ‘kanmi AKINLADE, Investigator Correspondent, South-West Zone/
IBADAN- A senior customer care officer with the United Bank for Africa UBA, Ibadan, Tosin Adeyemi has been arrested by Police detectives attached to the Oyo State Command for alleged theft of a customer’s N10m fund. Police sources said the banker committed the crime sometime in August 2021 at the Challenge branch where he worked as head of Customer Care Unit.
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According to sources, the affected customer, Oladele Quadiri had gone to withdraw some money using his Automated Teller Machine ATM card on the fateful day but had his card seized in the machine following which he entered the bank to lay complaint before Adeyemi who asked that he comes back the next day during which the card would have been retrieved from the machine.
It was gathered however, that the scenario took a twisted dimension after the customer received an alert of N10 million naira without making such transactions. He was said to have ran to the bank complaining bitterly that N10 million naira had developed wings and flown from his account without him doing such transaction. Dissatisfied by the excuse of “I don’t know what you are saying” from Adeyemi, Qquadiri reportedly went straight to the Police and laid the complaint of illegal transfer of the stated sum from his account. The Police it was gathered, promptly went for Tosin Adeyemi for interrogation. It was further gathered that Mr. Adeyemi later buckled and confessed that he was responsible for the theft with a firm promise to refund the stolen money to the owner.
However, the Police apparently became piqued when he could not return the whole sum as promised and arraigned him before Magistrate Olaide Amzat. At the court, the Police Prosecutor, Inspector Opeyemi Olagunju told the Magistrate that the offence was committed between August 12 and 13, 2021 adding that the act contravenes section 383 and punishable under 390 (8) (b) (9) of the Criminal Code Laws of Oyo State, 2000.
Though the 36 year old banker-turned thief pleaded not guilty to the charge, the defending Counsel, Lekan Idowu prayed the court to grant his client bail in most liberal terms on the ground that he had returned N8, 750, 000.00 out of the stolen sum with a balance of N, 250,000 adding that he had shown remorse for his action.
Having listened to the prayers of the defence counsel for bail, the Magistrate, Chief Magistrate, Olaide Amzat therefore, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100, 000 with one surety in like sum, and adjourned till September 10, 2021.
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