Purported forgery case involving Access Bank Plc, Coronation Merchant Bank Plc and Zedcrest Capital

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lagos Zonal office, on Monday 11th March, 2019 arrested Michael Friday Edenya and Adedayo Amzat, Managing Director, Zedcrest Capital Limited, for alleged offences bordering on impersonation and forgery.

Mr. Edenya, allegedly delivered forged letters purportedly originating from the EFCC’s Special Control Unit against Money Laundering, SCUML, to both Access Bank Plc and Coronation Merchant Bank Plc on Friday, August 15, 2018, requesting the account opening package and statement of account of one Rotimi Williams Monye as well as that of his company, Giltedege Partners and Advisory Services Limited.

But investigation by our correspondent on the alleged forgery case involving the ex-staff of Zedcrest Capital, Michael Friday Edenya, has shown that the former staff acted unprofessionally.

According to our findings, for reasons unknown, Edenya submitted a forged letter with EFCC letterhead to Access Bank Plc and Coronation Merchant Bank Plc requesting for private information on the account of one of Zedcrest’s trading partners, Giltedege Partners and Advisory Services Ltd in August 2018.

Due to data protection regulations, the bank’s checked with the EFCC to confirm the authenticity of the letter and found it to be a forged one. The EFCC thereafter carried out investigations and confirmed that the letter was delivered by Michael Friday Edenya.

The commission (EFCC) made efforts, last year, to contact Mr Edenya. On several occasions, officials from the anti-graft agency reached out to Zedcrest Capital (his previous employers) to assist with the investigation. But they were unable to contact him until Monday, 11 March 2019 when he was apprehended.

In his statement to the EFCC, Edenya claimed that he was given the letter by the MD of Zedcrest Capital, Dayo Amzat to deliver to the banks. This has been disputed by the MD, Mr. Amzat especially as Giltedege Partners and Advisory Services is a partner organization.

The EFCC has been unable to find any evidence confirming that Zedcrest Capital Managing Director sanctioned the letter.

At the time of filing this report, we learnt Zedcrest’s lawyers are working with the anti-graft agency to resolve the case.

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