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17.03.2023 Featured N20,000 Kept in Bus Driver’s Union Bank Account Is Missing

Published 17th Mar, 2023

By Tola Owoyele

Morufu Adelabu, a commercial bus driver in Osogbo, Osun State, has detailed how N20,000 mysteriously left his Union Bank account.

Adelabu told FIJ that he received the mysterious debit alert while returning home from work on March 14.

“The incident happened at exactly 9 pm. I had closed for the day and was driving home when I suddenly received a text message,” Adelabu told FIJ.

“When I checked the message, I saw that Union Bank had sent me a debit notification of N20,000. I was shocked because I had not authorised any transaction for that particular amount throughout that period. I had to quickly park the bus by the roadside to check the debit alert again.

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“It was as if I was dreaming. As soon as the debit alert entered, another message showing that a one-time password (OTP) had been sent to me also entered.

“The stolen money was transferred to an account belonging to someone called Eseigbe Albert. My neighbours later told me that the fraud must have been carried out by either insiders working with the bank or fraudsters.”

The debit and OTP notifications Adelabu received from Union Bank
The debit and OTP notifications Adelabu received

Adelabu said he subsequently called the bank’s customer care lines on several occasions but was unable to speak to any of its agents.

“I was unable to speak to any agent of the bank after the incident. Their lines were busy all through,” Adelabu said.

“Is it that our funds are no longer safe with banks in Nigeria? The government has prevented the entire nation from having access to cash and we no longer get patronised by passengers because they don’t have enough cash to pay fares. Now, the little we have managed to save is being stolen by banks as well. What kind of country is this?

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“I don’t even give my debit card or account details to anyone for use. I am always very careful about things like that. If this could happen to me, it can happen to anyone that has funds kept in our banks.

“Our funds are no longer safe.”

FIJ sent an email to Union Bank for comments on Thursday morning, but it had not been responded to at press time.

Published 17th Mar, 2023

By Tola Owoyele


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