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‘Wonder Bank’ disapperas with people’s money in Ogun



Traders at Warewa community, in the Obafemi Owode Local Government Area
of Ogun State, have been thrown into pain and confusion after a ‘wonder
bank’ operator, identified as Ngozi Adline defrauded them of their hard
earned money.

Adline, an Imo State indigene, allegedly swindled traders in the community out of over N2m.

to Punch Metro, Adline operated under the name Link M Investment
Limited, where she had two workers, Oluwatoyin Adebayo and Esther
Adelanwa, who go out to collect money from customers. Adline fled in
August 2016 with the N2m collected from some residents of the area.

One of the workers, Adebayo, said the fraud was reported at the Warewa Police Station.

 “We collected money for her (Adline) daily and weekly from customers.
She promised to give those that wanted to save for three months five to
10 per cent interest. We started in April and everything went well,
while our customers were satisfied.

“However, after about four months, we started having problems with the customers.

issue was that at the end of that month, she refused to bring money for
disbursement to customers that needed loans and wanted to collect their
savings with interest.

“Sometime in August 2016, she absconded
with over N2m. We are the ones that the customers know; they don’t
really know her. So, we have been struggling to refund them. She has put
us in trouble. She is from Imo State. Policemen followed us to her
residence in Ibafo, where we were told that she had relocated.

learnt that she had earlier had problem over money with some residents
and was arrested by policemen from the Ibafo Police Station. But she
was later released. We spoke with her on the telephone until December
2016. Suddenly, we can no longer reach her on the line. We even pleaded
with her to refund the money piecemeal, she refused. Some customers who
saved N1,000 on a daily basis have not been refunded at all.”

The other worker, Adelanwa, said:

woman ran away with more than N2m. Adline’s phone number has not been
going through. Customers are embarrassing us. We owe about 60 people.
They have locked up the office,” she said.

One of the creditors,
Mrs. Amirat Salaudeen, who is into laundry services, stated that she
saved between N1,000 and N2,000 at the firm on a daily basis.

started contributing sometime in April 2016. I paid between N1,000 and
N2,000 every day, depending on the sales I made. I paid in for eight
months. I have got only N50,000 out of my saving. I planned to use my
saving to boost my business. It is painful and I am very disappointed,”
she added.

A pepper seller, Jubril Awalu, said he saved about N50,000 at the firm, noting that he also needed the money to boost his trade.

Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said
it was difficult for the police to track down the woman as her operation
was not formal.

He said, “They should do private investigation
on their own and find out where the woman is. Then, they can inform the
police and she will be arrested.

“If the victims had paid her through a bank, we would track her through her account.

“The police have done the right thing by going to her house. We are not to blame and cannot perform magic to find the woman.”