Transporter returns N2.2bn mistakenly paid by First Bank


The Managing Director of Peace Mass Transit, Dr. Maduka Onyishi, says he has returned the sum of N2.2bn which was wrongly paid into his First Bank of Nigeria account.
The cheque was received on behalf of First Bank by the Business Manager, Commercial Banking, Mr. Kokelu Ben; and the Branch Manager, Unity Bank, Enugu Branch, Mrs. Ifeoma Eleanya.
Dr. Onyishi, who explained how he discovered the huge sum in his First Bank account, said that he had requested for $3m from the Central Bank of Nigeria, through the Unity Bank PLC, only to be paid $10m instead, which is about N3,219,500,000, representing an excess of N2,219,500,000.”
He said in a statement, “The amount they paid in was N3,219,500,000, but my own money there was N1,000,000,000; so, the balance was not my money.
“I said that I cannot invest this money and be gaining from another person’s money and I can’t also keep it. I can’t keep $7m that doesn’t belong to me.
“I told my bank to pay money into my account that I wanted to take $3m and they paid $10m instead.
“I called them and informed them that the amount they paid to me was more than the amount I requested. They told me that the $10m was my money.”
The PMT boss said he was angry when the bank refused to acknowledge the fact that it had paid him an excess of $7m.
He said he subsequently requested for a copy of his statement of account in order to trace the origin of the payment, but the bank continued to dilly dally.
Onyishi said, “I was angry with them. I asked them how come I had this kind of money and I was not aware of it.
“I asked them how come they went ahead to invest my money without telling me, so that I can use my money and then I can know how much I have.

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