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GTCO, Zenith banks refuse to refund civil servant’s N3mln erroneously transferred

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On April 12, 2021, Ayinde Oluwaseun, an Ogun State-based civil servant, erroneously transferred N3,000,200 from his Guaranty Trust Bank Account (GTBank) to a wrong Zenith Bank account.

Ayinde told FIJ that after realising his mistake, he immediately contacted his bank via its online channels but did not get any response on time.

“My intention was to transfer the amount to the Zenith Bank account 239****450 but I ended up transferring it to 239****405,” Ayinde said.

“The following morning, I quickly visited the GTbank branch in Ashero, Abeokuta, to request for help over the incident. I was however referred back to the bank’s customer care line, right there inside the branch.

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“This time around, however, I was able to connect to the customer care line and I told the agent that attended to me about the erroneous transfer.

“There and then, the officer told me that they would work on my request and that I should not worry.”

The civil servant said he received a mail on the same night from his bank, assuring him that his request was currently being worked on.

Ayinde said he was able to find out, through his own independent investigation, that the category of account he had transferred the amount to was one that was incapable of taking the entire sum.

The Email Sent to Ayinde by GTBank

“Through my own personal investigation, I was able to find out that that particular Zenith bank account I erroneously transferred the money to was a lower-tiered account that was not allowed to receive that kind of sum,” Ayinde said.

“It can only receive a lower sum. When I got to know this, I was a bit relieved. My thought was that it would be easy for Zenith Bank to get the money reversed back to me.”

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Ayinde said he attempted obtaining a court order so he could get GTBank to help him request that the money be reversed into his account from Zenith Bank, but unfortunately, judicial workers were on strike during the period.

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WhatsApp Conversation with GTBank

“When judicial workers eventually resumed work and I was able to obtain the court order, the narrative suddenly changed. It was at the period that Zenith Bank came back to say the money could no longer be traced. They also claimed the money was also not in the account I claimed I sent it to,” said the civil servant.

“Further independent investigation I carried out showed that the fund eventually impacted the account during the period I was trying to obtain a court order.

“This meant that all through the period I was looking for a court order, the Zenith Bank customer I mistakenly transferred the money to, had upgraded the account and had withdrawn the entire amount from it.

Statement Showing The Zenith Bank Customer Withdrew the Fund After Upgrading His Account

“The person withdrew the money within 24 hours. As he was withdrawing from the counter within the bank premises, he was also withdrawing the money with his ATM card.”

Ayinde believes the Zenith Bank customer ‘got assistance’ from a staff member of the bank.

“I am sure the Zenith Bank customer was assisted by an insider who works with Zenith Bank. I am sure he was advised to upgrade his account so he could withdraw the money successfully,” said the civil servant.

“After this incident, GTBank and Zenith Bank began tossing me about. GTBank is claiming it sent a mail to zenith bank to assist with the issue. Zenith bank is claiming they did not get any notification from GTBank.

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“It has been over a year and my money is still hanging. Both banks have refused to take responsibility on the issue. Please help me. I need my money back.”

When FIJ reached out to Cornelius Onuoha, one of the designated spokespersons for GTBank, he requested that a mail be sent to him on the incident. A response had however not been received from him at press time.

A mail sent to Zenith Bank’s customer care desk had also not received any response at the time of publishing this story.

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OPC arrests two for stealing machine in Lagos

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Members of the Oodua People’s Congress, on Monday, arrested two men who allegedly stole a vulcanising machine from a store at Mile 12, in the Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos State.

The Chief Security Officer of the Gani Adams-led faction of the OPC, Rotimi Obayemi, that the suspects confessed to stealing the machine after it was found with them.

He identified the suspects as Sanni Aminu, 30, and Ibrahim Salisu, 29.

Obayemi said, “I was called by the OPC chairman who told me that they had caught two thieves. On arrival, I interrogated the suspects in Hausa because they did not understand English. They both confessed that they broke into a store at Underbridge, Mile 12, and stole the machine.”

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Aminu, who claimed to be a wheelbarrow pusher at the Mile 12 Market, said, “I accompanied my brother last night. I didn’t know that he was going to steal the machine.”

The Lagos State Chairman, OPC, Okanlomo Adeniyi, said the police had been informed of the incident and that the suspects and the stolen machine would be handed over to the authorities.

Okanlomo said, “We have reported the case to the Ikeja division of the police command; they are on their way. We will hand over the suspects and the stolen machine to them when they get here.”

He noted that the case would be monitored to ensure that the machine was returned to its owner.

As of the time of filing this report, attempts to speak to the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, were unsuccessful.

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BREAKING: Kidnap kingpin, Evans, sentenced to 21 years imprisonment

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Kidnap kingpin Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, and his co-defendant, Victor Aduba, have been sentenced to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping one Sylvanus Hafia.

The sentence was issued by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday.

Both convicts had been accused of conspiring and kidnapping Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia at about 5:30 pm on June 23, 2014, at Kara Street, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos.

After succeeding with the abduction, they demanded $2 million as ransome.

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Pleading not guilty, Justice Taiwo proceeded with the sentence on the grounds that it would serve as a deterrent to other aspiring kidnappers.

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Flutterwave accused of data breach, unauthorise access to customer account (Photos)

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An investigative journalist and Twitter lord, David Hundeyin, has again attacked Flutterwave over data breach and unathourised access to his inactive Barter account, a lifestyle payments solution by the company.

This won’t be the first time Hundeyin would be dragging the fintech company. Recall that Freelanews reports how Flutterwave’s CEO was being investigated over allegations of financial misconduct as a result of an exclusive report by the controversial journalist.

In a series of post on his Twitter handle, Hundeyin claimed his account was logged into and threatened the platform of serious consequences if any fraud is perpetrated by impersonating him.

“Hi @theflutterwave. I have sent an email requesting immediate deactivation of my inactive Barter account.

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“Someone has somehow gained access to that account without hacking my email which is impossible without an internal data breach from your end,” he wrote.

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While analysing the break-in, the journalist explained that his username was messed with.

“The person logged into my Barter account which is paired to a Wema Bank account linked to my BVN (which is viewable under the ‘security’ tab), and changed the name on the account.

“I cannot begin to describe the amount of trouble you are in if any fraud is carried out in my name,” he submitted.

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