EFCC arraigns Access Bank officials for alleged £100,000 fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Kaduna zonal office has arraigned two Access Bank officials and one other suspected fraudsters and their company over allegations of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence the whooping sum of £100,000.

The suspects who allegedly defrauded Sa’adatu Dasuki the said sum are Benjamin Soile, Okoro Junior who are both staffers of the bank, Abubakar Mustapha and Abueleven Limited.

EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade who disclosed this in a statement said they were arraigned before Justice Z.B. Abubakar of the Kaduna Federal High Court.

Orilade added, “They were arrested by operatives of the EFCC, upon receipt of the petition by Dasuki, who alleged that in September 2018, Okoro and Soile, officials of Access Bank Plc, Kwato Road Branch, Ungwan Rimi, Kaduna conspired with Mustapha to defraud her of £100,000.

“Mustapha allegedly introduced the bankers to her as bureaux de change operators, and convinced her to transfer the money from her Access Bank account to his own account in the same bank with an understanding that he will credit her account with the naira equivalent.

“However, the £100,000 was transferred to a Barclays Bank account of one Celestine Tagbo on the instruction of one Alhassan Habib both resident in London without the knowledge or consent of Dasuki.

“Sensing that she had been duped demanded for a refund of the money. Okoro then credited her account with the sum of N11, 562,500 on September 12 and 13, 2018 but reversed the said transaction”.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Benjamin Olayinka Soile, officer of Access Bank, Okoro Agwu Junior, officer of Access Bank, Abubakar Siddiq Mustapha, ABUELEVEN Ltd a liability company and others at large sometime in September 2018 in Kaduna within the division of the Federal High Court with intent to defraud the sum of £100,000 (One Thousand Pound Sterling) from one Sa’adatu Dasuki under false pretence that you will give her the naira equivalent a pretence you knew is false and thereby committed an offence contrary to 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offence Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Same Act”.

It was, however, gathered that the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges while the prosecuting counsel, J. Saidi, urged the court to fix a date for commencement of trial.

Also, counsel to the first defendant, P.I. Kalu, informed the court of his client’s bail application dated January 23, 2018.

On this premise, Justice Abubakar granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N500, 000 each and two sureties in like sum, who must own a landed property within the jurisdiction of the court adding, that one of the sureties must be a civil servant not below grade level 9.

He also adjourned the case to February 14, for hearing and, ordered the defendants to be remanded in prison pending the perfection of their bail conditions.

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