A female staff of First Bank has defrauded the account of Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero to the tune of N17 Million in Kano.
The staff, Aminat Magaji is in her thirties.
Aminat, who is the wife of a staff of an electronic media house (name withheld) managed the account, which belongs to the Emir for some years now and ran errands for him.
This gave her the courage to hatch plans to defraud the Emir starting since 2011 before she ran out of luck recently when it was discovered by one of the staff that the Emir’s signature was actually forged severally by her.
Amina was said to have requested for a new cheque book allegedly on the orders of Bayero and she was handed over a new cheque book for delivery to the Emir but unknown to the officials, the cheque book remained in her custody.
It was further gathered that Amina started cashing money with the new cheque leaflet by allegedly forging the Emir’s signature.
She was said to have tricked all the bank officials because none of them have access to the Emir to confirm the cheques, as she is his account officer and only one that clears the Emir’s cheques.
Amina was systematically making withdrawals ranging from half a million Naira to one million Naira to the tune of N17 Million before she was eventually caught.
The matter was reported to the Kano state office of the EFCC by the management of the bank, and the operatives of the Commission arrested her. EFCC also quizzed twelve staff of the bank and released them, but held the female banker in their custody
Already, the management of the bank has paid the Emir of Kano the amount and asked all the staff concerned with the transaction to repay the bank.