Magu probe: We mistakenly transferred N573m to Prophet Omale – FCMB

Magu, FCMB MD and Omale
FCMB MD Adam Nuru

The managing director of First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Adam Nuru, said the bank just discovered that N573 million was mistakenly posted into the church account of Pastor Emmanuel Omale.

This is coming after the Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA) had accused Ibrahim Magu, suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), of allegedly using Omale, founder of the Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministry, to launder funds abroad.

The committee headed by retired Justice Ayo Salami said the former acting chairman purchased a property worth N573 million in Dubai using Omale’s name — an allegation the pastor denied.

Omale said he indeed met Magu in Dubai earlier in the year but not for illegal activity.

Omale said he only prayed with the suspended EFCC boss who had traveled to Dubai for medical reasons.

A letter signed by Omale’s lawyer read in part, “We, however, wish to make the following clarifications to put the public records straight: That our client is the General Overseer of an Inter-denominational/Multi-religious Prayer Ministry.

“That our client, only visited Mr. Ibrahim Magu in a hospital in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, sometime in March 2020.

“That our client never laundered any funds whatsoever for Mr. Ibrahim Magu or for anybody whatsoever. Our client does not own any foreign bank account anywhere in the world.

“That there are no funds whatsoever traceable from Mr. Ibrahim Magu to our client’s bank accounts whatsoever neither has our client received any funds whatsoever from Mr. Ibrahim Magu. Our client has never received any funds whatsoever from anybody on behalf of Mr. Ibrahim Magu.

“That our client does not own any property in Dubai. His name was never used to purchase any property whatsoever in Dubai, United Arab Emirates or anywhere else in any part of the world, neither has he purchased any property nor properties for Mr. Ibrahim Magu in any part of the world whatsoever.”

However, while testifying on Thursday, before the committee currently investigating Magu for allegedly mismanaging loot recovered by the anti-graft agency, FCMB MD Nuru said the bank just discovered that N573 million was transferred to the church account of Omale.

He said the mistake was discovered upon invitation by the probe committee — four years after the money was posted.

“On January 16, 2016, we made a return to NFIU which indicated that there was a transaction of an inflow of well over N573million. (N573,228,40),” the bank MD said.

“This return was said to be in favour of Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministries Account No 1486743019.

“After that report, we conducted an investigation and discovered that the lodgement which we reported to NFIU was an error.

“The error was as a result of the fact that we were using a bank application called Pinnacle-7. However, we migrated from that application to a newer version called Pinnacle-10.

“Usually, when the bank intends to migrate from one application to another, we utilize weekends to carry out the exercise. The migration involves moving all the balances of customers from the previous application to the new application. The account of the Divine Hand Ministries was moved during that migration.

“It was that balance of N573million that was wrongly posted as an inflow into Divine Hand Ministries as reported to NFIU. This error was not peculiar to Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministries alone but was also ascribed to 27 other accounts.”

*Originally published by the Cable.

16 COMMENTS

  1. The bank MD appears to be playing a bigger prance here. In finance records, when credit someone (inflow) , there must be a corresponding debit. From whose account was the over 500m came? Was there no statutory audit since 2016, because account wouldn’t balance except by other means.
    On the other hand, if my account balance can change to inflow unnoticed for 4yrs, people’s balances that have changed to debit and nothing happens.
    I recommend strong investigation on the activities and financial reports of the bank for the past 4yrs.

  2. FCMB MD, if I slaappp you ehn!!!! Why not mistakenly transfer the money to my account?? Liars everywhere!!!!

  3. From the point of my view, both Magu, MD, Omale, internal and external are culprits. After 4 years and get to known upon invitation. Why is the same amount being alleged to have purchased properties in Dubai? When church carried out monthly reconciliation, are u saying it’s not reflecting? What is the relationship btn Magu, Omale, the amount of the money, MD and Dubai meeting? Let’s try to get sense, don’t be religious bigot

  4. From the MD’s explanation, which is very clear, the balance in the church account was migrated with a wrong narration.

  5. If FCMB erroneously posted N573m balance as credit inflows as a result of software, it can be reversed by the same bank. Why dragging Omale’s name to Magu’s probe.

    I think Omale should sue the bank. Nigerian banks staff up to their MDs are all corrupt. They are all involved in fraudulent transfers and charges.

    • Well said bro. Most times, they do it and get away with it even without the owner of the account knowing anything about it. That MD and his team should be investigated

  6. Where is the N573m now. Who own the amount and when it was posted to Pastor Omale’s account, was it withdrawn and why is it that it took 4years before FCMB MD Manager realise,it was a mistake?

  7. Please FCMB, another application upgrade so that you can “mistakenly” transfer 500 million Naira into my account.

    • Couldn’t have said it better myself. These clowns think that we are fool. As an IT Professional, even if you did an application upgrade, there is no way you ” mistakenly ” transfer 573 million Naira to another account. That’s BS.

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