Abuja businessman accuses Heritage Bank of using his company's account to secretly launder $20million

A businessman has accused Heritage Bank Plc of using his company (Oofortech) account with the bank to launder N4, 660, 000, 000.00 (Four Billion, Six Hundred and Sixty million Naira), even as he alleged threats to his life and that of members of his family from people that the bank’s officials gave his contact details, including his office and residential addresses to, without his consent, Orijo Reporters report.

The businessman, Curtis Chris Odekpe, who is the Managing Director of Ofortech Investments Limited in his statement exclusively obtained by OrijoReporters, said Ofortech operates a corporate current account with Heritage Bank Plc with account number: 6000981458 at the bank’s Central Business District Abuja branch.

Odekpe stated that he was left stunned on February 12, 2016, when Ofortech’s account that was dormant, and had only N7,000 balance, was credited with N4.6bn by Ellington and Brooks in two tranches. The first tranche was N1.6bn and the second transfer was N3bn hit the account.

Odekpe said he hurriedly contacted the company’s account officer with Heritage Bank Plc, and the branch manager but their explanation did not add up.

The statement read,

“Thereafter, Ofortech Managing Director started receiving threatening telephone calls, urging the company to transfer the United States Dollar equivalent of$20m to an account based in Dubai. 

The Managing Director of Ofortech was telephone by a lady by name(sic) Denisia from the United States of America insisting that $20m transfer must be made and sent to the Dubai account. To make matter worse, the Heritage Bank in Abuja have(sic) been pressurising the Managing Director of Ofortech to do according to the bidding of the US based lady Denisia. 

And since then, the account details of Ofortech has been a public knowledge online where pressure is been(sic) mounted that Ofortech should transfer the equivalent of $20m out of the N4.6bn transferred to the account of Ofortech on February 12, 2016.”

Odekpe concluded that Ofortech reported the suspicious transaction to the police to unravel the source.