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Navy Parades Banker Over Impersonation, Fraud

July 14, 2014

Ronald Mutum

The Nigeria Navy has paraded a deputy manager at Aso Savings and Loans Limited, over impersonating a Navy Admiral and defrauding his employers.

Parading the suspect in Abuja, navy spokesman Commodore Kabir Aliyu said, navy intelligence operators arrested Simon Musa, a deputy manager of Aso Savings and Loans Limited, Victoria Island Branch, Lagos, at the headquarters of the bank in Abuja.

He explained that the suspect, who was arrested on July 9th 2014, had claimed during his employment interview to be the brother of one Admiral Musa in the Nigerian Navy, promising to get a deposit of 2 billion naira for the bank.

According to Commodore Aliyu, "this influenced his employment, as well as to give the impression that he would be able to source for a deposit of 2 billion naira from the Nigerian Navy through the Admiral for the Mortgage bank."

He added that, "the suspect was employed as the deputy manager of the Victoria Island Branch of the bank on 27th May 2013," under the supervision of the regional manager for bank in the South-South and South-West Ifeanyi Uzor.

Commodore Aliyu explained that due to the pressure on him to meet with the target, Simon Musa often disguised as Admiral Musa on the phone when calling Mr Ifeanyin (his boss) to assure him of the 2 billion naira deposit.

He said, when the suspect could not meet the target, he continued to pose as Admiral Musa and demanded 2 million naira from the regional manager, a condition he gave for facilitating the deposit of 2 billion naira from the Navy.

Commodore Aliyu added that, he was directed by Mr. Ifeanyi to pick up the money from his brother's wife, Mrs. Liberty at the Abuja Branch of the bank, where he was arrested with marked 1.5 million naira bills at the bank premises.

The navy spokesman said, representatives of the bank had alerted the Navy on the antics of Simon Musa, clarifying that there is no senior officer in the navy named Admiral Musa.

Fielding questions from Journalist, 37 year old Simon Musa, who said he is from Benue State confessed that he invented the character to secure employment during the interview for his current job.

Musa said he lost his job with Fidelity Bank PLC during the banking consolidation era of former Central Bank Governor (CBN) Charles Soludo, is a graduate of Accounting from the Benue State University and was paid a monthly salary of 350 thousand naira by the bank.

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Source: AllAfrica

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