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EFCC wrongly accused Bankers Warehouse staff of money laundering – Union Bank

The management of Union Bank has explained that the men who were arrested at the Enugu Airport by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) were on a legitimate assignment for Bankers Warehouse.

EFCC operatives had paraded two men on Friday as alleged fraudsters who were in possession of $2.8 million.

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EFCC wrongly accused Bankers Warehouse staff of money laundering – Union Bank


In tweets posted on its official Twitter page, Union Bank explained that the operation was licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

“Movement of cash across states is routine for all bank. Bankers Warehouse is licensed by CBN to provide Cash-in-Transit services,” the bank said.

“We are surprised by the release of a news bulletin prior to the completion of @officialefcc investigation. This is a legitimate and routine operation consistent with banking.”

Similarly, Bankers Warehouse has reacted to the development by writing the CBN.

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In a letter addressed to the CBN deputy governor, Lawrence Ijebor, Bankers Warehouse head of operations, said the EFCC insisted on detaining their employees despite the means of identification provided.

“Despite the information provided, the EFCC insisted on detaining our employees, taking possession of our goods and threatening to confiscate the currency, without making themselves available to our senior managers or other agencies familiar with our movements,” the letter read.

“We seek your intervention as our regulator, to address this issue of constant harassment of our staff, by security agencies.”

 

357 Comments

  1. EFCC are not serious,they have no proof and they arrested someone just like that,seems their work is getting into their head,Nigeria self.

    • What you are supporting is money laundry did Union bank not know we run a cashless society…the funds can be electronically transferred through CBN… how do we know its not proceeds of crime… Union bank should stop all this nonsense social media trials

  2. Proper investigation should be carried out before such publications. This could endanger their lives, considering their Job function.

  3. Nigeria with corruption, its not that the EFCC was not aware of it but maybe the said bank did not settle them that’s why.

  4. EFCC,should should make a proper investigation one their suspect before arrest, stop tarnishing people image.

  5. Why should they disgrace people without doing proper investigation. EFCC is really taking too much. I don’t know if their job is now to be detaining innocent people. They should better release them.

  6. EFCC should please be careful and carrying serious investigation before addressing media and now look at the embarrassed they cause the staff of Union Bank to face and please next time please asks questions and hear from both sides

  7. This EFCC no serious at all. What is even their problem. They should release those people after all the management of Union Bank has explained why the money is in their possession. What else do they need? Sometimes they just Harras people. The management of Union Bank should intensify their efforts more to get them released.

    • There’s many things I don’t like about them is most case they won’t do proper investigation before expose

  8. EFCC should investigate properly before accusing people, how can they come and arrest somebody anyhow and spoil their image
    Mtcheeeeeeeewwww

  9. The EFCC should always investigate cases properly before drawing conclusion and stop confiscating things of the innocent people

  10. They have a lot of other serious job to do, they will not go and do it they will be busy looking for money to collect…

  11. Why should they disgrace people without doing proper investigation. EFCC is really taking too much. I don’t know if their job is now to be detaining innocent people. They should better release them.

  12. I think airport staffs should be schooled better on what is right or wrong to curb it from happening again.

  13. Efcc should apologize to the 2 men they arrested and return the money to the bank,how can they release such news without proper investigation.

  14. Lack of knowledge in ur discipline can make you take wrong decision etc arresting people who are on assignment for their company nonsense

  15. I know it cos it was so early to shout foul without proper investigations. Now they have seen the money involved and has gone incommunicado abegi realese Union bank funds.

  16. This buhari efcc will just be arresting people any how without any investigation. May God have mercy on them.

  17. But why will officers of the law who knows the law will detain people without evidence , now they just detained dem for no good reasons ,EFCC should compensate those bankers thats my take on it.

  18. This will have to tell you that not all fraudsters being paraded by EFCC are actually fraudsters.. If they didn’t investigate well before parading them. Before you accuse someone and make a news, you should do a thorough investigation before accusing innocent people and tarnishing their image.

  19. Why didn’t they properly investigate the funds before putting the story out.
    Efcc still has a long way to go

  20. EFCC should carry out series of investigation in every case before making it a public mater to avoid this kind of drama

  21. Drastic measures should be put in place for issues like this worng accusations..
    The should definitely pay fines for it..
    So that next time they will make concrete investigations before coming into conclusion.
    As issues like this do make customers to feel insecure with their bank, thereby making the bank to be at huge lost for a mere mistake.

  22. Why the arrest, proper investigation is what you need to do. We have thieves all around called governor’s go after them

  23. EFCC should stop accusing people wrongly, They should carry out their investigation well before arresting people

  24. This is a public embarrassment,even after showing their identification this still went ahead well am not surprised magu incharge

  25. They should have done their investigation and if there is evidence then they can proceed.
    What they did was wrong

  26. They should be made to pay for the wrong accusations made against these innocent people. So that next time they take their time and do what’s right.

  27. Investigation should be done on the matter to ascertain weather the bank is correct or not

  28. Proper investigation should be carried out before such publications. This could endanger their lives, considering the nature of their Job

  29. The EFCC is now constituting nuisance, were they not meant to carry out proper investigation before publications or even the arrest. They are becoming a menace.

  30. Efcc should just be careful on how they operate in this country…else some people will change it for them..most of them are thieves too…they just embarrassing innocent people.

  31. Haba!! This is serious.. They should release them nah.. If they are interested in the money, let them say it other than detaining the innocents.

  32. I Thought they arrested them for investigation which doesn’t call for continued detainment after finding out they are on a legitimate course.

  33. efcc is only doing their job. And any bank who is moving cash from one place to another should always collect a permit from the EFCC in other to avoid this kind of embarrassment

  34. Though they are doing their job,that is the fact but going to make public declaration when a matter has not yet been investigated is really bad…they shouldn’t tarnish someone image wrongly…

  35. This efcc won’t gather useful information and have enough proof before venturing into a case how in earth won’t they understand what the bank has said this is more serious

  36. The men of the EFCC that carries out that operation should also be arrested and charge to court for not conducting a proper investigation before turning those innocent people into criminals.

  37. This accusation of a thing is becoming too much..this people should learn how to have prove before arresting someone

  38. they only hav power on poor civilians all these big polictician they will not probe they have to be fined for that

  39. EFCC and SARS are just the same…They won’t investigate well before taking action….and harass someone….let them go arrest our politician first then I will believe they are working

  40. Please somebody help me explain EFCC themself are they not also armed robbers…….. You go after innocent people but you collect money from internet scammers to look the other way…………

  41. Well done job to the EFCC, there is no one that won’t make mistake, i guess this is a mistake.
    EFCC, never relent to do your job

  42. Sometimes efcc or whatever they called them do behave like shit and take law into their hand which is very bad

  43. Drastic measures should be put in place for issues like this wrong accusations..
    The should definitely pay damages for it..
    So that next time they will make concrete investigations before coming into conclusion. Those bank officials should sue EFCC for negligence of duty

  44. EFCC should be made to compensate these men for wrong accusation and also for disgracing them without proper investigation.

  45. The EFCC is over stepping their boundary, why should they still detain the bankers after investigations have been carried out and they are not criminals?

  46. Efcc should be careful on this their work ooh….defaming character in the name of working. If the judicial system works i will sue them for that.

  47. EFFC need to make a proper investigation before arriving to their conclusion and not to arrest just like that.

  48. They should investigate any suspect thoroughly before accusing them of any crime. Government should try to educate them on this issue. Look at the whites, they will never mishandle any suspect they arrest not until they found the guilty of their offense.

  49. This is over sabi ooo, improper investigation, because people that are guilty are under AC with our money nobody disturbing them ,,,

  50. I hope Union Bank is not trying to use this excuse to cover up for the victims. If not then EFCC should do proper investigation before arresting anyone

  51. Before Efcc sud accuse sum1 dey should ensure dey have proper evidence against him not just only base dere believe on assumption

  52. Efccbare just playing politics…they want crucify the major opposition party in the country but is a big shame for them this time around.

  53. How can you accuse people without proper investigation and a solid evidence. They should really look into this matter as to not endanger innocentlives, considering their Job function and services they render for humanity.

  54. EFCC is really taking too much, Why should they disgrace people without doing proper investigation. I don’t know if their job is now to be detaining innocent people without a proof.

  55. Why did they expose them in the first place before, because they should have done proper investigation before publishing it.

  56. EFCC are turning pain in the ass…. They don’t lay facts before coming after one. They just come and embarrass someone.

  57. IT SIMPLE THEY SHOULD TAKE EFCC TO CUT FOR IMAGE DAMAGE AND THEY WILL PAY FROM THEIR ASS AND LEARN THEIR LESSON ALSO….TAKING LAWS WITHOUT LEGIT INVESTIGATION

  58. People shouldn’t be embarrassed unnecessarily……do not arrest without proofs,it wll even affects d days plan.

  59. They should do a thoroughly investigation on people before they point their finger on them….. But my question is that all these money they have being recovering from people since many years,what have they being doing with it??

  60. This is the singular reason why proper inquiries should be made before meeting with the accused or suspect… They ought to know their work by now.

  61. Seriously ..EFCC is no longer trustworthy..this days,there is increase in number of false accusation and wrong information …they now act on behest….the real culprits are out there,squandering our money,yet they won’t do anything

  62. If they are truly back by law and doing their job, the EFCC should free them and catch the real thieves and fraudsters we have in Nigeria

  63. To me EFCC might caught those guys red handed but the top leaders may want to cover them up due to some reason known to them

  64. EFCC needs to be sure of their investigation before taking any action. This is just unfair for still detaining them despite that they are innocent.

  65. EFCC have to properly investigated the issue before arresting and humiliating him. This is very bad of them.

  66. He should sue them.. They sometimes just accuse people for no good reason and because they are part of the law, no one will question

  67. EFCC should be sure of what they’re doing before arresting people. I don’t know whether money have entered their eyes to the extent of arresting anybody they see with money

  68. All these wrong accusations boils down to not getting verified facts. EFCC should investigate properly before laying accusations.

  69. THE EFCC should go into properation investigation before jumping into conclusion of labeling criminals.

  70. Despite the information provided, why would the EFCC insisted on detaining those employees, taking possession of goods and threatening to confiscate the currency. Sorry to say EFCC don’t even know their job quoter.

  71. Efcc keep on messing up….greediness has eaten major part of your lives…accusing wrongly without investigation

  72. They should always investigate thoroughly before arresting another body in order to avoid wrong accusations

  73. Thorough investigation should be carried out before such publications. This could endanger their lives, considering their Job function.

  74. Trust Nigerian agencies now. Where EFCC should make arrests they are over looking those persons, only to arrest and detain legitimate individuals without thorough investigations.

  75. Thas too bad for efcc.. When dey have identify them self to you people’s as union bank staff, you have to realised them so that dey may continue there work

  76. Very wrong why can’t they carry proper investigation before they arrest him,, I think they should paid for blackmailing him…

  77. See efcc o
    The people they suppose to investigate.. They will not go for them
    Is only the people they can oppress they go for
    Rubbish

  78. Or so those people are even innocent
    That is why it’s good to do proper investigation before jumping to conclusion

  79. Union bank has confirmed them, the bankers warehouse has also confirmed them. What does EFCC want again? They should be released

  80. Drastic measures should be put in place for issues like this wrong accusations..
    They should definitely pay fines for it,
    So that next time they will make concrete investigations before coming into conclusion.
    As issues like this do make customers to feel insecure with their bank, thereby making the bank to be at huge lost for a mere mistake.

  81. If this is true and legitimate then why is EFCC still keeping them. This is how they do and will want to prove they are working

  82. When its time to punish the real thieves (politicians) they won’t be effective why are they still detaining the men even though they have provided evidence that they didn’t commit any crime, or are they looking for a means of collecting the money from them.

  83. This is why EFCCis not taken seriously most of the time because rather than conduct a thorough investigation,they’ll rather rush and goof big time.

  84. It’s high time the crime fighting institution learned to thoroughly investigate their information before going public.

  85. This so called EFCC are chewing more than they can swallow. So despite the information provided by these bank, the EFCC insisted on detaining these employees, taking possession of their goods and threatening to confiscate the currency, without making themselves available to their senior managers or other agencies who are familiar with their movements? Government should please act fast on these because these young are being detained unlawfully. *sad*

  86. Thats not fair I feel union bank should sue efcc. Its not right to just hold people after they have presented proof and spoiling their names

  87. efcc for me are just agents of the looters cause all the money which they have recovered are no where to be found

  88. then efcc should pay car yes for tarnishing d people’s image even after they have been told that they were on legitimate assignment

  89. How many of the money laundering, public funds embezzling, thieving politicians has d EFCC arrested?
    But they cn arrest nd detain individuals whu av been proven innocent by d same org.they work 4.
    This is Nigeria.

  90. It is always good to look before you leap. EFCC assumes that anybody with substantial amount of money is a money launder. Justice must prevail

  91. EFCC, is this to show Nigeria that you guys are working. Please try and verify your claim before arresting people o

  92. Investigations should be done properly rather than just making assumptions. EFCC should operate properly on this issue.

  93. Oh my God! What is this kind of embarrassement is this. Even with their evidence the EFCC still arrested them

  94. EFCC try to arrest people with prove or evidence that they committed the crime don’t just arrest people any how this may tarnish your image.

  95. In such a case , union bank was obviously the only suspect they can get . It’s union bank that should proof their innocence to efcc

  96. Nigeria must query the EFCC because they will loose money if the bankers drag then to court and win the case because what EFCC did is a false allegation which they have to compesate rhe accused

  97. This is good news, Efcc should be more aware and banks should secure their staff,this is good news

  98. EFCC is doing over work these days. It’s really embarrassing and disrespectful to UNION BANK. Noe that the truth is clear, i think the EFCC needs to apologise to UNION BANK for false accusation

  99. These guys don’t even know their job, they fell they can do whatever they want. For all I know, they them self are frauds.

  100. EFCC has to be careful with the kind of information they release to the public. They should finish investigations before accusing innocent people of a crime they did not commit.

  101. Why will EFCC be harassing people wrongly without proper investigation. Even when they have been identified by the manager of their banks they still kerp harrassing them. This should stop henceforth.

  102. This is serious o. This guys are really up to it o. And now they are almost off point. Why would they arrest bank operatives if they are licensed? Ok.. Let’s see what happens next

  103. There is need for proper investigation before such issues be made public to avoid tarnishing one’s image

  104. They just want easy way out this EFCC,instead of carrying out proper investigation.they owe these men apologies and recall of their social media pronouncement

  105. Efcc should be careful the way they are embarrassing people in the name of carrying out their job, see people on a legitimate business been apprehended, they should be called to order.

  106. EFCC is at it again. They can always leave the necessary thing and chase shadows. I just wish Union Bank will even file a case.

  107. That’s bad.. EFCC need to always be thorough in their investigation before they alleged or accused anybody for crimes

  108. That’s very bad..they just go around siezing goods both licensed nd illegal..what’s up with them lately

  109. Well union bank has layed a claim for EFCC to just arrest workers at the warehouse of bank after fully knowing well that it a bank warehouse

  110. This EFCC is becoming another thing, the won’t even do proper investigation before jumping into conclusion

  111. This EFCC no serious at all. What is even their problem. They should release those people after all the management of Union Bank has explained why the money is in their possession. What else do they need? Sometimes they just harass people. The management of Union Bank should intensify their efforts more to get them released.

  112. EFCC doesn’t know their job, they should have carried out a proper investigation before parading them as criminals.

  113. If the report from union bank is correct then EFCC should avoid making this issue go far beyond what’s it now. And moreover, this is not the first time this operation have been going. According to the two men, they have been into this business for more than two years now. Let the matter be investigated properly and the CBN have to step in to clear the air now.

  114. The Efcc this days don the do pass them self…
    I just don’t know why they are still detaining those guys…

  115. EFCC is always too early to convict or write a bad report on someone people.. They should do more of fact finding before condemning someone.

  116. That’s so bad and more or less a faster way of tarnishing someone’s image and name. Pls you people should be more careful in your investigations because raising alarm

  117. Why will EFCC be harassing people wrongly without proper investigation. Even when they have been identified by the manager of their banks they still kerp harrassing them. This should stop henceforth.

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