Teller Machine card of a furniture maker, Adegoke Fashola.
The suspects tricked Fashola’s apprentice, Segun Abiodun, whom he had
asked to make withdrawal at the Ikotun Road branch of Access Bank Plc.
15-year-old Abiodun was around the bank premises when he was approached
by three men who claimed to be prophets.
They were said to have asked him to go and get N10 salt and taken the
ATM card from him after he divulged the PIN code.The suspects withdrew
over N700,000 from the victim’s account through the ATM and online
transactions.Abiodun told Punch that the men said they had a vision for
him when he was around the bank premises.
He said, “I was in the bank when three men called me and asked who sent
me to withdraw money from the bank. After I told them it was my boss,
one of them said they were prophets and they had seen a vision.
“He said I needed prayers and gave me N10 to go to buy salt on the
street. They collected the ATM card and the PIN code. But by the time I
returned, they were gone. They didn’t tell me their names, but if I see
them, I can recognise them.”
His boss, Fashola, told Punch that although he reported the matter at
the Ikotun Police Station and a suspect was arrested, the police were
playing pranks on the case, adding that the suspect was released.
He said, “I had money for a customer’s job in the account. And it was
not the first time that I would ask Segun (Abiodun) to withdraw money
for me.“On Saturday, July 9, around 2pm, I sent him to withdraw some
money for me. When he returned and said some men had collected the card,
I quickly rushed to the bank. I met some security men and we told them
that the fraudsters sat at the gate. “I went in and spoke with two top
officials of the bank, who checked my account details and said I had
N720,000. A lady at the counter said my account had been blocked and the
fraudsters could do nothing again.”…read more below
Fashola said the bank official, however, promised to call the bank’s
headquarters so that online transactions would not be carried out on the
It was learnt that there was a bit of delay in reaching the bank’s
headquarters and when the call eventually went through, the furniture
maker was told he had only N4,000 in his account.
He said a man was observed around the banking premises monitoring what
was happening, adding that the suspect was nabbed. “I picked the guy
immediately and took him to the police station which was opposite the
bank. I narrated everything to the Investigating Police Officer and told
him we saw the suspect spying on us during the confusion in the bank.
The policeman said he knew the suspect and he was notorious for such
act. He spoke with my dad and asked for some money. My father asked me
to give him N2,000. He said we should wait to see the Divisional Police
Officer. “However, when the DPO arrived, the policeman took me and the
suspect to the counter. He later took us outside and when the suspect’s
relatives arrived, he dismissed me. I learnt he later released the man,”
he added.the statement of accounts, which was released by the bank,
showed that the fraudsters withdrew N80,000 from the ATM on the bank
Four internet purchases, totalling N623,000 were later made on the
account.It was learnt that suspect was released on bail by the police
after he promised to go and get the money.
Fashola said the second suspect was at large, saying the police had been
compromised and efforts to recover his money had been abortive.
The spokesperson for Access Bank , Mr. Abdul Imoyo, said he was in Brazil, adding that he was not aware of the incident.