Internal Control: A Tool for Fraud Control in Deposit Money Banks in Nigeria

UGWU, James Ike and Ochuba, Uche Lucia (2021) Internal Control: A Tool for Fraud Control in Deposit Money Banks in Nigeria. European Journal of Business and Management, 13 (13). pp. 64-75. ISSN 2222-2839

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The quest to curtail or eliminate frauds, errors and irregularities has made the institution of appropriate internal control inevitable in organization especially banks where the object of trade is money. The study therefore explored the use of internal control as a tool for fraud control in deposit money banks in Nigeria. Survey research design was adopted for the study with data collected using structured questionnaire from fifteen deposit money banks in Enugu metropolis. Result of hypothesis tested using Chi-Square (Fisher’s Exact Test) indicates that control environment, control activities and monitoring activities contribute significantly towards fraud control in an organization. The implication of the finding is that internal control is a vital the tool that protect organizations without which the organization must collapse due to fraud. One of the recommendations is that management should always ensure that strong and appropriate control activities are always in place to prevent financial leakages and promote accountability in the organization.. To that effect, there should also be appropriate segregation of duties to reduce a person’s opportunity to commit and conceal fraud or errors. Also, appropriate level of management should approve and authorize all transactions within a specified limit, and authorization should require dual signature. Also, there should be secured facilities and controlled access to computer programs and data files.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Divisions: Faculty of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: mrs chioma hannah
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2022 12:03
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2022 12:03

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