A UNIVERSITY don and Consultant Orthodontist at the Faculty of Dental Sciences,
In a writ of summon filed by her counsel, Prof.
According to the writ the claimant alleged that the negligence on her account by the first defendant bank resulted in unauthorized withdrawals of N3,050,237.54 from her two accounts through the internet and unauthorized payments into beneficiary accounts domiciled in the eight defendant banks.
The claimant is therefore asking for the cost of the action which she assessed at N2,000,000.00.
She also prayed the court for interest to be calculated on the lost sum at the prevailing rate as from
The writ of summons is supported by a 49 paragraph statement of claim and a 70 paragraph affidavit made on oath in support of the statement of claims.
In the writ, the claimant alleged that 20 unauthorized withdrawals totaling N2,580,693.25 was made from her current account with the first defendant, number 1002717118 between
She further alleged that eight unauthorized withdrawals totaling N469,134.00 was also made from her Gold Savings account with the first defendant, number 2060668002 between
The claimant averred in the statement of claim that following a petition on the matter dated
The Police,she claimed issued a report ascribing the loss to negligence and collusion of the first defendant's servants.
The claimant stated that on
She said that when he eventually got through to her on telephone, she was told that there were purported "transactions" going on in her bank accounts but that no details were given.
She claimed to have repudiated the transactions as not coming from her, more so that her cheque book and ATM card were with her in USA.
Immediately on her return from the
She said she was told that a total transfer of N3,050,237.54 had been made on her account to various purported beneficiary accounts through the bank's internet banking transaction.
The claimant alleged that the first defendant breached the duty of care owed her and was negligent in the management of her accounts when it facilitated such huge withdrawals without her knowledge and authorization.
According to her, the first defendant or its internet banking officer ought prudently and reasonably to have contacted her through telephone,sms or electronic mail for her authorization of the internet withdrawals particularly where huge sum was withdrawn from her two accounts through multiple transactions in one
She stated for instance that N650,850.50 was withdrawn from her current account in six separate transactions in one day on
The claimant averred that contrary to the statement of the accounts, the report of the Customer Fulfillment Centre(CFC) did not capture some of the purported withdrawal transactions.
The claimant said she wrote a formal letter of complaint dated
She claimed that her solicitor also wrote to the managing director of the first defendant, copied the Idi-Araba branch, on the issue on
She averred that on
It said that the email communication of the Service Manager caused the claimant to needlessly undergo pain, suffering and trauma that her loss was irreversible adding that it was also "deliberate and contrived to intimidate the claimant into abject submission and to accept her fate".
She averred that her counsel again attempted to work out an amicable resolution by writing another letter dated
She stated that this development informed the petition sent to the Deputy Commissioner of Police,State Criminal Investigation Division(CID), Panti to investigate the matter. Hearing date is yet to be communicated to the parties.
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