Crime

Ilorin ‘wonder bank’ operators disappear with customers’ savings

 

BY AHMED AJIKOBI

Scores of customers of a wonder bank, Zigma Currency, are counting their losses, following the disappearance of its operators.
The financial institution situated at 20A Kotangora road, off Taiwo Road, Ilorin, Kwara State, was allegedly operated by two people simply identified as Maxwell and Danielson.
The proprietors reportedly disappeared without trace with customers’ investment running into millions of naira.
The operators, were said to have lured people with high interest rate on savings.
Pilot Crime gathered, that the ‘wonder bank’ offered interest of 50 per cent over amount saved by customers within five days.
It was further gathered that unsuspecting members of the public patronised the wonder bank, following testimonies of investors who benefitted from the outrageous interest rate.
When National Pilot visited the office of Zigma Currency on Friday, several vouchers of various sum ranging from N5,000 to N2m, were seen littering the floor.
One of the victims, Chibuike Samuel, who spoke with our reporter on telephone, said he was an employee of the wonder bank.
“I worked with them as a security man and I was also duped of five thousand naira. I was told to invest the money so as to get additional N2,500 in five days.
“On the day of their disappearance, I went to office to resume work as usual but met the gate locked. It was when other victims came around that it dawned on us that we have been duped. I was not paid salary and they disappeared with my money,” he lamented.
Another victim, Ifunaya Ogbodo said she invested the sum of N10,000 naira with hope of getting N15,000 in five days.
“I was approached by marketers of the wonder bank and because the offer was tempting, I invested N10,000. Two days after my transaction with them, I heard that they have disappeared.
“I ran to their office and met a mammoth crowd lamenting their losses. Some people invested millions of naira,” she added.
Narrating his ordeal a commercial motorcyclist, Daniel Alabi of Offa Garage, Ilorin, said, “Initially I ignored them until a friend who invested N500,000 was given N750,000.
“I sold my commercial motorcycle for N150,000 and collected thrift of N450,000 and invested N600,000. I expected to collect N900,000, but that was not to be, as the operators have disappeared into thin air.
Similarly, a civil servant, Lateef Olawale said he lost the sum of N1.5m, which was part of cooperative society loan obtained and meant for his building project.
A business man who craved anonymity said he lost N5m to the suspected fraudsters.
“I sold my land for N4m and added the sum of N1m. When I later learnt that the operators are nowhere to be found. We called their phone numbers, but couldn’t get through to them as the lines have been switched off, “he further said.
When contacted the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Okasanmi denied knowledge of the development.

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