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How ex-banker connived with wife, mother-in-law to steal customers’ N21m

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Ebenezer Adeolu Alonge, a former bank cashier, on Friday, July 23, 2021, bagged a 60-year jail term alongside his wife, Olamide Oyinlola, and mother-in-law, Isakunle Eunice.

In a statement by Wilson Uwujaren, the Head of Media and Publicity, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Justice Adekanye Ogunmoye of Ekiti State High Court, Ado Ekiti, convicted the trio of 12 counts of conspiracy and bank fraud.

Politics Nigeria understands that the journey to the dock started when the illicit activities of Alonge got exposed through a petition to the EFCC from one of the new generation banks.

The bank had alleged that one of her staff members was involved in fraudulent activities.

It was alleged that sometime in February 2018, the bank received a complaint concerning the financial impropriety of the sum of N62, 400.00 in respect of a customer’s account.

According to the petitioner, on February 15, 2017, a customer put the said sum into her account but the transaction could not be traced in the customer’s account even after the customer presented a copy of the slip signed by Alonge.

In the course of the investigation, the said transaction was allegedly traced to Alonge’s wife’s account.

Further investigation, however, revealed that there was a turnover of over N21 million as deposits from other customers in his wife’s account. Also, it was alleged that other sums were traced to his mother-in-law’s account, who was also a beneficiary of the fraudulent act.

Aside from the jail term which would run for the trio concurrently, the court also ordered Alonge to forfeit his house, which shall be sold, and the proceeds used to restitute the bank.

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