Gift Igbinosa, Banker In Edo State Arrested After Duping Customers Over N14m During Scarcity
Employees of a modern bank in Edo State have been apprehended for scamming clients and obtaining over fourteen million naira (N14,000,000) through fraudulent means.
The Standard Gazette gathered that Gift Igbinosa, 35, was approached in February during a period of naira scarcity to seek assistance in converting old naira notes to new ones.
The customers whose identities are unmentioned for security reasons gave Gift seven million, three hundred and fifty thousand naira (N7, 350,000) and seven million, six hundred thousand naira (N7, 600,000), bringing the total amount to Fourteen Million, Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira.
However, the former bank staff did not return or transfer the money to their bank accounts. However, as soon as the scarcity returned to normal, Gift disappeared and refused to return calls and text messages to her mobile phones.
The Edo state police command arrested Gift after a tip-off for allegedly obtaining money on false pretence, fraudulent conversation and stealing.
According to the police, the suspect has not returned the money from February 2023 until the end of July 2023. However, they also reported that the suspect fled and avoided any attempts at communication.
Police launched an investigation and arrested Gift in her hideout after a reliable tip-off.
The suspect said, “Yes, I actually took the money but l misused it. I should be allowed to take my time to pay back. I am regretting now”.
The arrest has been confirmed by the Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chidi Nwabuzor.
The suspect was unable to provide an explanation to the police regarding the alleged false pretence of obtaining over N14.9 million.
However, an independent investigation uncovered that the 35-year-old suspect had previous debt and was seeking funds to repay it.
Upon receipt of the sum of N14, 950, 000, the suspect allegedly distributed the money to her creditors and is now unable to refund the total sum to its original owners.