The Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Milverton, Ikoyi, Lagos, has arrested one Okonkwo Nwachukwu, for fraud and impersonation based on a petition by one of his victims. The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ngozi Isintume-Agu, said the suspect specialised in opening multiple accounts with different names to defraud banks, other financial institutions and unsuspecting members of the public.
She said, “In a petition to the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of the Unit, DCP Zubairu Muazu, dated February 12, 2014, it was alleged that the suspect appeared at Amuwo Odofin Branch of Zenith Bank to open a savings account.
“He presented an already completed savings account opening package with the name Obiozor Ifeanyi and identified himself as such with a National Identity Card.
“While the customer service office was checking the documents, the suspect went to the marketing unit and collected another savings account opening package and completed same with another name Ogueji Nnamdi.
“This attempt to open another savings account within minutes with another identity, made the customer service officer to be suspicious and consequently, she decided to search the system with phone number supplied by the customer.
“It was then discovered that the same person had already opened about 25 savings account at various branches bearing different names.”
Although he confessed to the alleged crime, the suspect however said the multiple accounts were to enable him run his business successfully, adding that one Pepper who is still at large forged all the National Identity Card and PHCN bills.
Isintume-Agu said investigations are ongoing to unravel the suspect’s motive behind the multiple account opening.