A sales agent of Fidelity Bank identified as Kehinde Olumide Agbabiaka, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), for allegedly stealing the sum of N137,000,000 from personal and corporate accounts of a customer in Ibadan.
In a petition jointly signed by the bank’s Regional Security Officer and the Cluster Control and Compliance Manager filed on August 20, Agbabiaka was alleged to have 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 Challenge, Ibadan branch.
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 its 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 he had used the suppressed sums to build houses, purchase 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 while the suspect is said to be awaiting been charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.