Stanbic IBTC Employees and others allegedly converted N250m written-off loans to personal use
A Federal High Court in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria has adjourned till 24th of May, 2023, a case of Stanbic IBTC staff alleged to have fraudulently converted the sum of N250 Million to his personal use.
When the case was mentioned, Police prosecuting counsel M. U. Usman told the court that the defendant had approached the bank for an amicable settlement. In view of this development, he urged the court to give a lengthy adjournment. The defendant’s counsel Mr. M.N. Oku did not raise any objection.
Consequently, the presiding Judge, Abimbola Awogboro adjourned till the 24th of May, 2023 for a report of settlement.
Ajayi Olusola a staff of Stanbic IBTC bank was arraigned before the court based on a petition written and jointly signed on behalf of Stanbic IBTC Bank by Kayode Agbetoye Manager, Investigations and Fraud Risk and Rekia Eletu Head, Investigations and Fraud Risk.
The petition was titled “Alleged Diversion of Approved Written-off Amounts for Bad Loans by Olusola Ajayi Others.”
The petition was written and addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Special Fraud Unit 13b, Milverton Avenue, Ikoyi Lagos, Nigeria.
Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC in the said petition stated thus: “We are currently investigating a case of alleged diversion of approved Written-off Loan by some staff members and others.
The written-off amount, as approved by the Board, is expected to be posted into the loan accounts of beneficiary debtors, resulting in nil of their outstanding loans. It was however discovered that the written-off amounts were diverted and credited to personal and corporate accounts where the funds were withdrawn by the account owners.
“Our preliminary findings revealed that on 21 April 2021, the Bank’s Board approved to write off a total amount of N37,628,329.00 on 28 defaulting customers’ accounts. It was requested that the outstanding exposures (as well as the debit interest accrued before the actual entries were passed) be written off. Also, the Board’s approval was obtained on 21 April 2021 to write off a total amount of N2,462,057,201.71 on 848 defaulting customers’ accounts.
“Some of the amounts approved for write-off into the loan accounts of the defaulting customers were discovered to have been diverted and credited into a Corporate Account, Able System Services Nigeria Ltd. (ASSNL), a customer of the bank.
“A review of the transfers from ASSNL’s account showed that 36 beneficiaries in other banks received a total amount of N55,118,002 between 2015 and 2021. Three (3) of these recipients are customers of Stanbic IBTC bank – Ajayi Olusola (staff), Ayodele Omoniyi Olaogun, and Hakeem Abdulliadi. Olusola Ajayi received a total amount of N12.5 million in his bank account between November 2020 and May 2021. Also, Ayodele Omoniyi Olaogun received a total amount of N9.74 million in his Access Bank account from ASSNL between September 2015 and May 2021.
Ajayi Olusola is an employee of the bank. In the bank, he was previously a member of the MIS Unit, and he is currently working on the Business Support & Resolution (BS&R) team. Ayodele Omoniyi Olaogun is an ex-staff and currently, Olaogun is an ex-staff of the bank. The bank employed him. He was part of the MIS Unit.
“We, therefore, request that you use your legal office to conduct a detailed investigation into this incident and effect the arrest of the suspect(s) for prosecution. We count on your usual cooperation.”
The petition was investigated and at the end of the investigation, a five-count charge was filed before the court against Ajayi Olusola and his company Abel Services Nigeria Limited and others at large by the Police Legal Officer Barrister Azubuike Sylvester.
The amended version of the charge as filed before the court, by Police Legal Officer Azubuike Sylvester is stated below:
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That you AJAYI OLUSOLA ‘M’, ABEL SYSTEMS SERVICES NIG. LTD, AYODELE OLAOGUN, MR. HAKEEM ADISA ABDULHADI both now at large, between 2015 and 2021 at Stanbic IBTC Bank in Lagos, within the Jurisdiction of the Federal High Court while working as a staff at Stanbic IBTC Bank did conspire amongst yourselves and others now at large to commit a felony to wit: obtain the sum of N205,000,000 (Two hundred and five Million Naira Only) property of Stanbic IBTC Bank by False Pretence and thereby committed an Offence Contrary to Section 8(a) and Punishable Under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No 14 of 2006.
That you AJAYI OLUSOLA ‘M’, ABEL SYSTEMS SERVICESNIG. LTD, AYODELE OLAOGUN, MR. HAKEEM ADISA ABDULHADI both now at large, between 2015 and 2021 at Stanbic IBTC Bank in Lagos, within the Jurisdiction of the Federal High Court while working as a staff at Stanbic IBTC Bank by False Pretence and with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N205,000,000 (Two hundred and five Million Naira Only) property of Stanbic IBTC Bank by Falsely representing to the bank that you applied the funds as approved by the Board of the bank for the purpose of offsetting written off debt otherwise known as BAD DEBTS. While you credited ABEL SYSTEMS SERVICES NIG. You converted the money for your own use and for the benefit of others. If you knew that the representation was false, did not believe it to be true, or made it recklessly, you committed an offense punishable under Section 1(1)(a) or Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No 14 of 2006.
That you AJAYI OLUSOLA ‘M’, ABEL SYSTEMS SERVICES NIG. LTD, AYODELE OLAOGUN, MR. HAKEEM ADISA ABDULHADI both now at large, between 2015 and 2021 at Stanbic IBTC Bank in Lagos, within the Jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, did convert to your own use and benefits the sum of N205,000,000 (Two hundred and five Million Naira Only) property of Stanbic IBTC Bank, which sum you knew or reasonably ought to have known, was the proceed of an unlawful act, to wit: obtaining money by false pretense from Stanbic IBTC Bank, Lagos and thereby committed an Offence Punishable Under Section 15(2)(b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 as Amended in 2012.
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