The Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has unraveled a criminal syndicate of bankers who specialized in forging signatures of dead bank customers, and continuously stealing from their accounts.
They also engaged in several other fraudulent financial transactions, including unauthorised debits of depositors’ funds.

The nation’s anti-graft body listed, Mbong Essien, Akwa Ephraim Akwa, Precious John, Kenneth Udoetuk and Ubong Udom as the criminal syndicates and were on Monday, March 2, 2020 arraigned before Justice Archibong Archibong of the State High Court sitting in Uyo, on a 23-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery, obtaining by false pretence and criminal conversion of depositors’ funds to the tune of N37,690,000.

The management of Fidelity Bank Plc, Abak Road branch in Uyo and 72 of the bank customers had in a petition dated December 9, 2019, alerted the Commission of suspicious withdrawals from customers’ accounts, including that of a deceased customer.

The syndicates were also discovered to have managed a fixed deposit account in the bank secretly where they delayed company salaries and accrue interests from it.

The Syndicates paraded by EFCC. (Photo credit: Instablog)