N1.5b scam: Ikuforiji’s bank manager, Personal Assistant arrested

Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji

A former manager with Intercontinental Bank Plc (now Access Bank), Olayinka Sanni; and the Personal Assistant to Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Oyebode Atoyebi, have been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over a case of conspiracy, stealing and forgery amounting to about N1.5 billion.
Sanni, a chartered accountant and operator of SIDAW Ventures, a Bureau de Change, was alleged to have fraudulently transferred various sums of money from more than seven customers of the bank into the account of SIDAW ventures owned and operated by him without the customers’ consent.
Specifically, he transferred N65 million from the account of Babington Junior Seminary, N40 million from P.W. Nigeria Limited’s account, N15 million from Mikano International’s account, N20 million from Viju Industries Limited’s account, N306 million from the account of Falana & Falana Chambers and Fafun Nigeria Limited and N1.2 billion from Murhi International Limited into his SIDAW Ventures account without the consent of the account owners.
Besides, Sanni also collected $461,200 USD from one Chukwurah Nkiru, who sold it to him for the equivalent of N76,559,200, but was not paid.
Sanni is also embroiled in a foreign exchange scam where his SIDAW Ventures account was used to handle N104,405,000 where only N72,229,000 worth of foreign exchange was paid to the customer, leaving a balance of N32,185,000.
This is being hotly contested between his firm and the customer.
Atoyebi was arrested for complicity and conspiracy with Sanni for allowing his passport-sized photograph and name to be used to open an account in SIDAW Ventures Limited in the name of Akanmu Babatunde.
With this fictitious name, Sanni brokered many shady deals and duped many innocent people.
The two suspects will soon be arraigned in court.