A woman pushed to death by bank officials over an unpaid loan.
One Ms Vivian Omo has died during an encounter with four officials of Zefa Microfinance Bank, Ifo, Ogun State.
DAILY POST learnt that the incident happened on May 10 when the bank officials, situated at Abule Ijoko Lemode area of Ifo Local Government, visited the victim’s house in search of her husband, who was said to be their debtor.
It was gathered that the bank staffers had gone there to request the money borrowed by the man, but they were told by the deceased that her husband was not at home.
Confirming the incident in a statement on Sunday, the Ogun State police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the bank staffers were not satisfied with the claim that the man was not at home, so they tried to go away with some electronics, but the late wife resisted.
“While the deceased was struggling with the bank’s staffers, one of them pushed her, and she fell down and was unconscious.
“She was then rushed to hospital for medical attention, but was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty,” Oyeyemi said.
He explained further that the incident was reported at the Agbado divisional headquarters by the daughter of the deceased, stating that the DPO, CSP Awoniyi Adekunle, quickly led his detectives to the scene where the bankers: Badmus Olalekan, Ajibade Oludare, Eniola Aduragbemi and Femi Oloko, were arrested.
He added that the corpse was deposited at the Ifo General Hospital morgue for autopsy.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Olanrewaju Oladimeji, ordered the transfer of the suspects to the homicide section of the State CIID, warning “loan agencies to stop taking laws into their hands in the process of recovering loan from their debtors, as anyone caught in such act will be arrested and prosecuted.”
In the Banking and Micro Finance sector, loan recovery teams are often sent to go after clients who have defaulted. In some instances, the loans in default are sold to factoring companies who buy such bad credits at a discounted rate and go after the debtor for the full amount plus any defaulting interest.
Source: DAILY POST