Financial fraud is one thing that’s been very common with the Nigerian banking sector and Skye bank is not left out considering the volumes of high profile financial scam coming from within the bank. In fact, there’s been one too many cases of high profile fraud case coming from within Skye bank. Considering the rate of financial scam within Skye bank, one could say, the commercial bank is in fact reeking with financial fraud.
Not too long ago, certain employees of Skye bank, Foluso Opayinka, Ebenezer Adeyemi and Esan Okunola former employees of Skye Bank, Ila-Orangun branch, Osun State, were all arraigned before Justice Akin david Oladimeji of Osun State High Court, Ile-Ife on separate charges, bordering on failure to exercise due diligence, forgery and conspiracy to commit fraud involving the sum of N16,891,100 (Sixteen Million, Eight Hundred and Ninety-One Thousand, One Hundred Naira).
This financial fraud was well organized and implemented by Foluso Opayinka, Ebenezer Adeyemi and Esan Okunola, all former employees of Skye Bank. Well trouble started for them when they perfected as well as hatched their evil plans to steal huge sums of money from the account of a customer of the bank, Global Link Consolidated Services Limited, into twenty (20) divers accounts without the knowledge, authority and or consent of the account holder.
Reliable source revealed that, Opayinka, a marketing support staff in the bank, initiated the scam, being the mastermind behind the whole fraud. He was aided by Adeyemi, a customer care officer and Okunola, the manager of the branch where the transactions took place. The beneficiaries of the money transfers did not sign any paper because Adeyemi allegedly used fake transaction reference numbers and the manager assented to it.
Now, let’s leave these three former Skye bank staff in Osun alone for a while, and consider another high profile fraud within Skye bank, carried out by staff of the bank, this time, right here in Lagos State.
This time around, we are looking at the sum of about $50,000.00 (Fifty thousand US Dollars). This time around, two staff of Skye bank, Olawale Ogunnirani and Nnamdi Dike were arrested by the Special Fraud for their alleged internet scam estimated to be around 50,000 USD.
That’s not all, Mrs. Yagana Ibrahim Bukar, a staff of Skye bank was also arrested by EFCC for a case of money laundering.
That’s not all, not too long ago, Skye bank was charged to court for N100 million naira for Western Union fraud by the editorial consultant to Abuja Digest, Odafe Atogun.
According to the claimant, his €6,000.00 Western Union Money Transfer sent from Ireland was paid to an imposter by the bank, hours after all such transactions should have closed.
Also, not long ago, a high profile internet fraud was committed and somehow this was linked to some staff of Skye bank asa team of armed mobile policemen stormed the branch of Skye Bank Plc, located in Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta.
The security operatives reportedly arrived the bank premises about 4:30pm with an armored personnel carrier and some patrol vans and threatened to whisk the bank manager and some staff away. Sources told our correspondent that the team was led by the Senior Special Adviser on Security to Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
It was learnt that the bank staff engaged the policemen in argument and were reluctant to release their manager for about two hours. An official of the bank, who spoke on condition of anonymity, disclosed that a senior official was later taken to the Ibara Divisional Police Station, Abeokuta to write a statement.
Vanguard extensively carried this particular story that time.
Considering these number of fraud cases within the bank as well as many others,
it would be safe to say, this is one fraud too many within the bank.
With the incoming government of President Buhari and his avowed determination to wipe corruption out of Nigeria. You would wonder what would happen should these fraud cases continue.
Just days to the inauguration of President Buhari, the NDLEA have already surrounded the house of a highly rated politician to be extradited to the US for judgment. If you are thinking to yourself, there will be no hiding place for corrupt bankers as well as politicians, you might not be wrong.
Well, it’s only two days to the inception of the new APC led federal government and the country is waiting to see just how intense and how far President Buhari would take his anti corruption crusade.