Nigerian Trader Arrested For Opening 25 Accounts With One Bank
The Police Special Fraud Unit (SFU) arrested a businessman accused of specializing in opening multiple bank accounts under different names.
This information is contained in a statement issued by the SFU issued on Sunday and signed by the Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Isintume-Agu.
The suspect comes from Okija in Ihiala local government of Anambra state. He works in cargo business that accompanies goods from China to Lagos.
Okonkwo Nwachukwu, 39, was arrested after attempting to open two savings accounts at a Zenith bank branch at Amuwo Odofin, Lagos.
Nwachukwu presented a completed savings account opening package bearing the name of Obiozor Ifeanyi and identified himself as such with a National Identity Card.
While the documents were being checked, the man collected another package, completed it with the name of Ogueji Nnamdi and returned to the Customer Service Desk, presenting a National Identity Card of Ogueji Nnamdi.
“This attempt to open another savings account within minutes with another identity, made the Customer Service Officer to be suspicious and consequently, she decided to search the system with phone number 08162502677 supplied by the customer and discovered that the same person had already opened about twenty-five (25) savings account at various branches bearing different names.”
The police said that the man also operated a corporate account number 1012000129 belonging to Chukon Integrated Limited. The name of Okonkwo Nwachukwu was used when opening this account.
The police also disclosed that the man confessed to the alleged crime “but stated that the multiple accounts he opened was to enable him run his business successfully. And that the cashless policy does not allow him to withdraw huge sum of money in one account”.”He added further that he has N50,000 each in 15 different accounts while the remaining accounts have N20,000, N10,000 and N5,000 respectively.”
The suspect came back from China on 27 January, 2014, and started opening multiple on February 5.
The police is continuing the investigation to puzzle out the suspect’s motive .
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