Thursday, October 3, 2019

Female banker steals customer’s BVN, then his money

A female banker Gladys Udia, has been docked in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, charged with seven-counts of conspiracy, stealing, forgery and alteration to the tune of N3,476,700.

Udia was arraigned today by the EFCC before Justice M. L Abubakar of the Federal High Court.

Udia’s trouble started when a petitioner, Benjamin Akerele, a customer of Union Bank, Port Harcourt, sought the intervention of the EFCC over the theft of his money in the bank.


The petitioner alleged that sometimes between July 24 and August 6, 2019, a total sum of N3,476,700.00(Three Million, Four Hundred and Seventy Six Thousand, Seven Hundred Naira only) was fraudulently withdrawn from his account domiciled in a Union Bank’s Sokoto branch.

Investigation carried out by the bank’s internal affairs unit revealed that the principal suspect, Gladys Udia, a staff of the Ikwerre Road branch in Port Harcourt was captured by the bank’s CCTV Camera taking photographs of the customer’s BVN printout page with her mobile phone and sent same to her accomplices, who subsequently carried out a limit enhancement on the customer’s account at the Bori branch, thereby granting them access to the account.

Investigations also revealed that between July 25, 28 and August 6, 2019, a total sum of N3, 476, 700 was fraudulently transferred by Udia from the account of Akerele to several accounts of her accomplices.

Justice Abubakar granted the defendant bail in the sum of N1,000.000 and one surety in like sum. The surety must be a civil servant on grade level 10 and resident in Port Harcourt. The surety must be verified by the prosecution.

The Judge also ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody pending the fulfillment of her bail conditions, while the matter was adjourned till October 10, 2019 for continuation of trial

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