A business woman and plank dealer from Odeomu, in Ayedade Local Government Concil Area of Osun State, Mrs Salawu Rasidat had lost N600,000 to suspected bank fraudsters from her account at Idi-Ape branch of Skye Bank PLC in Ibadan, Oyo State.
According to sources, Mrs Rashidat has been operating a savings account with the bank since 1978, when it was formally Cooperative Bank.
She met the shock of her life last January when she went to the bank to check her balance only to discover that an unknown person had withdrawn the total amount of N600,000 from the account on March, 26 2013.
According to her bank account statement made available to us, the suspected fraudsters used the name of the account owner to withdraw the money which happened to be the only withdrawal from the account since January last year.
Rashidat, while narrating her ordeal said: “I discovered the fraud last year December , when I asked them to check my balance for me, and I was told that my remaining balance was N48,257 after saving N5,000 on December 6, 2012.
“ I showed them all my bank tellers and withdrawal books that I had never made any withdrawal this year and demanded to know the person who made the withdrawal , they showed me the picture of the person, which never in any way resembled me and the signature were completely different.
“I suspected that those bankers stole my money, because it was impossible for a professional banker to release money to any person with different pictures and signatures.
“The account was a savings account, I was not using cheque, or draft, so how come another person withdrew my money” Rashidat lamented.
She stated further that when she contacted the manager of the bank on the problem, the manager admitted the error and promised to rectify the problem as soon as possible.
“Since December 6, I had visited the bank several times to rectify the problem and credit the account, I also exchange phone numbers with the manager, but he has refused to answer my calls again
Rasidat explained that she was saving the money from her business to service a cooperative loan received from a credit union at Odeomu.
“ Since I lost the money, my business has been nothing to write home about. I have also become a regular patient in hospitals as a result of the deteriorating condition of my health.”
However, Mrs Rasidat has instructed her lawyer to institute a case against the Skye Bank Plc over the matter.
All efforts to speak with Mr. Rasheed Bolarinwa, Head, Corporate Communication of Skye Bank proved abortive as his mobile line was not available as at press time.