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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

How pastor, MTN employees, bankers swindled customers of N150m

The shocking method used by fraudsters to swindle bank customers has been exposed after Operatives of the Police’ Special Fraud Unit (PSFU) Ikoyi, Lagos State, arrested suspects who are allegedly involved in swindling customers using a sophisticated method. Those arrested include a pastor, 2 MTN employees, 3 bankers, an ICT specialist and others.

The police disclosed that the suspects belong to a syndicate that specializes in defrauding bank customers. With the help of the unscrupulous bankers arrested, the gang are able to get the details of customers with funded account while the 2 MTN staff work to ensure that the victims' mobile numbers are tampered with in such a way that they do not receive alert that money is being diverted from their account.

The suspects have allegedly defrauded subscribers of over N150 million. The spokesman for the SFU, ASP Lawal Audu paraded the suspects. Chukwunonso Ifeanyi, 30, and Okpetu John, 29, who both confirmed they were MTN employees, were paraded alongside the bankers, Oyelade Shola, 32; Osuolale Hammid, 40; and Akeem Adesina, 33. Others include an ICT specialist, Salako Abdulsalam, 30; a pastor, James Idagu, 56; Sarumi Abubakar; Ismaeel Salami, 49; Akinola Oghuan, 34; and Sunday Okeke, 33, The Guardian reports.

The suspects were arrested in Lagos, Oyo and Kwara states with several Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards belonging to unsuspecting Nigerians. According to Audu, the MTN staff involved in the crime blocked phone numbers of victims thereby preventing computer-generated text messages of transaction from being delivered to account owners, so the victims are unaware of what's going on and therefore are unable to stop the shady transaction in time.

Audu said: “The suspects transferred the money siphoned into about 40 other accounts with ATM in different banks. They usually carry out their operations at weekends and public holidays to avoid being detected by the bank monitoring mechanisms or the owners of targeted funded accounts. The effort of the police team eventually paid off when the same group was holding their final meeting at Domino Pizza eatery along Bode Thomas Street, Surulere, on the plan to unleash another monumental fraud on unsuspecting customers.

“Their plan was to defraud some bank customers between May 26 and 29. Detectives stormed the venue during which one of the major kingpin, Alhaji Ismaeel Salami, and four members of the syndicate were arrested.”

Chukwunonso Ifeanyi denied being involved in the crime and said he suspected engineers at MTN headquarters as those behind the fraud. He disclosed it was the fourth time it has happened in his branch and explained someone must have used his access to commit the fraud.

He said: “I have no hand in that fraud. Someone used my access to do it and it was the fourth time it happened within a month. The first time, they used my Manager’s access, within two weeks, it was the Assistant Manager’s. The next person was a colleague before mine was used. All the times it happened, we were told to change our passwords, which we did. I suspect the engineers at the headquarters because they are the ones who usually gave us access to the systems.”

However, MTN PR Manager, Funso Aina, told The Guardian that those paraded were not MTN workers. Aina said "they are employees of a distribution partner who runs a Connect Store.”


  • At 11 July 2017 at 11:00 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Yoruba demons disgracing themselves all the time

    A pastor too?

    @Anonymous Orubebe

  • At 11 July 2017 at 11:04 , Anonymous Hrm paul said...

    Fraud everywhere senators fraud, house of rep fraud,buhari has absconded fraud Nigeria as a country na fraud

  • At 11 July 2017 at 11:29 , Blogger Manuel Kunmi said...


  • At 11 July 2017 at 11:37 , Blogger chinedu chukwuma said...

    I was a victim of dis on may 13th my MTN line was cut off no service for like 4 day and it was during weekend on Friday evening dey withdrawed all de money in my account FEDLITY BANK,a lot of customer came dat day to complain,up till now as am talking to u dey have not refunded my money back to me,all dey keep saying is dey are working on it,I wrote latter 2 times to dem to refund my money is 2 months now still notin yet. FEDLITY bank are criminals

  • At 11 July 2017 at 12:01 , Blogger BIZ said...

    Na ogun go kill u 4 where u dey.u ds ibo galore of a geh.so,chukwunonso ifeanyi,james idagu,sunday okeke n okpetu john na yoruba names also?re dey nt ur igbos brodas?commentin trash 4m ur rotten gutter mouth.u dis bastard geh

  • At 11 July 2017 at 12:27 , Anonymous OSINANL said...


  • At 11 July 2017 at 12:53 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    You are a criminal,how did u get the money? You cant even spell the name of your bank correctly. No be only latter na butter.

  • At 11 July 2017 at 13:46 , Blogger Emeka Alaribe said...

    It appears Nigeria is truly in trouble. No one can be trusted

  • At 11 July 2017 at 14:10 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    One Nigeria!! Can't you see how we all work well together?

  • At 11 July 2017 at 14:16 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    @ chinedu, write a reminder to them and copy CBN and consumer rights protection. U can also copy EFCC and be sure the kind of quick response you will receive.

  • At 11 July 2017 at 19:45 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    @Anonymous Orubebe
    11 July 2017 at 11:00

    You know you are such a fool to the Nth degree and that is why your case is so hopeless. So it is only Yoruba names you saw in the write up. You fucktard, intelligence disabled nitwit. People like you are the reasons the world is the way it is. Pray for redemption.


  • At 11 July 2017 at 22:18 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The Oyelade Sola guy woarks at Fidelity bank, challenge branch Ibadan

  • At 12 July 2017 at 00:50 , Blogger Glory Joshua said...

    See intelligence in nigeria


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