Trail Reporters

Findings from Trail Reporters shows that, staffers of Unity Bank have stolen two million, there Hundred thousand Naira from John French Akpile, a dead customer account, with Unity Bank.

We gathered that the customer died in 2013, with a balance of N2,334,831.56 in his account, 0011021100, at Enerhen branch in Warri, Delta State.

Sources said, several reports to the police to act on the case, have been abortive, with Unity Bank alleged to have frustrated investigations.

The account we learnt, generated accrued interest capitalisation of N133,000 from December 2014 to April 2016.

Investigation reveals that, as part of measures to commit fraud on the dormant account, in April 2016, a cash deposit of N2,000 was paid to the account in the name of the late customer, John French Akpile on 31st May 2016.

Another alleged fraud, was an MTN recharge card of N4000, purchased through the account on 29th June 2016.

After three transactions, the late John Akpile’s account was allegedly activated by Ruth Okafor, a front desk staff at the Enerhen branch of Unity Bank to allow for withdrawals from the account.

After the activation, six transfers amounting to N2,334,831.56 million were made from the account to a Diamond Bank account number :0059558924, in Benin city, reportedly owned by one Sadiyu Yunusa, a manager at Unity Bank in Delta.

The late Akpile’s account statement showed that, N499,367.50, N500,367.50 and N1,105.00 were transferred from the account on 4/7/2016; and N500,367.50 was transferred on 7/7/2016.

A transfer of N330,367.50 was made on Friday 8th July 2016, and another N500,367.50 was transferred on 11th July 2016.

A family source said, all the money transferred from the late John Akpile’s account have been traced to Sadiyu Yunusa’s account in Diamond Bank.

Inside sources in Unity bank confirrmed that the transfers from the late John French Akpile’s account were authorised by Nicolas Nosegbe Notayo, who was a manager at Unity Bank in Delta State.

When Trail Reporters contacted the Corporate Communications Department of Unity Bank for comment, both Mr. Matthew Obiazikwor, and Devoe Okorie, did not respond to sms sent for their reaction.

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