Reports reaching Trail Reporters shows that, a driver attached to the Okota, Lagos branch of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) has allegedly stolen N25 million from the bank.
Our Medium gathered that, the stolen cash was to be deposited in automated teller machines, ATM.
Sources said, the incident occurred on Tuesday last week, and five bank officials from UBA have since been put on administrative leave over the issue.
Sources say, the driver in company of two others were heading to one of the automated teller machines when the two officials reportedly told the driver to pull over, to enable them have lunch.
The driver, we learnt, immediately absconded with the N25million to an unknown destination, till date.
It was further learnt that the two officers were disappointed when they arrived at the point where the driver parked the bank’s vehicle as he (the driver) was nowhere to be found.
The two bankers were said to have put up a call to the driver but his telephone line was dead.
The matter was said to have been reported to the zonal control officer, Ms Angela Ikpo who in turn reported the matter to the UBA’s top management through UBA’s DC.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the vehicle that was conveying the cash was not equipped with the expected security gadgets such as a panic alarm system.
The safe that was needed to be put in the vehicle was nonexistent. Hence the fleeing driver had free access to the cash as he disappeared into thin air. All the officers involved in the matter were said to have been put on administrative leave as investigation progresses.
Recollect that, the Nigerian Senate committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, led by Senator Ayo Akinyelure, recently summoned the group managing director of UBA, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka, over allegation of N41 billion fraud associated with the liquidated Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL).
UBA via a petition was alleged to have defrauded the liquidated Nigerian Telecommunications Limited ( NITEL) of about N41billion from N42 billion liquidators fund of the telecommunications company deposited thereafter being sold to MTEL.
A text message sent to Ramon Nasir, Group Head, External and Media Relations, UBA Plc, on his mobile number 070341450** was not responded to, as at press time.