“POS Operators Stand Trial for Allegedly Pilfering Over N2 Million from First Bank ATM”

By  Milcah  Tanimu

Two individuals, Marcus Olaitan and Ajibade Adeolu, found themselves facing charges at the Ikeja Chief Magistrate’s Court on Monday, accused of stealing over N2 million from a First Bank Automated Teller Machine (ATM).

Residing in Ketu, Lagos, Olaitan, 43, and Adeolu, 30, both operating Point of Sale (POS) services, are being prosecuted for conspiracy and theft.

According to the prosecutor, ASP Raji Akeem, the alleged offenses took place on September 4, 2023, at a First Bank PLC ATM on CMD Road, Magodo-Shangisha, Lagos.

Akeem explained that the complainant, Mrs. Wuraola Odeniyi, approached the ATM to withdraw money and encountered an individual who seemed to be a security personnel from the bank. This individual, currently at large, offered assistance to the complainant, secretly memorizing her Personal Identification Number (PIN).

Unbeknownst to the victim, she received a debit alert of N2.517 million later that day.

Upon reporting the incident to the bank, CCTV footage revealed the man she met at the ATM kiosk reciting the numbers on her card.

The prosecutor stated that the police were able to trace the POS operators responsible for transferring the money.

The charges brought against the defendants are in violation of sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

In response to the allegations, the defendants pleaded not guilty. Chief Magistrate Mrs. Bola Osunsanmi granted them bail in the sum of N200,000 each, with two sureties in like sum.

The case has been adjourned until March 18 for mention.


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