22nd July, 2010
A chartered accountant, Olise Robinson, alleged to have swindled N29 million out of Century Micro Finance Bank, has been arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos, Nigeria.
In a five-count criminal charge filed before the court by the police prosecuting counsel from Special Anti-Fraud Unit, Mr. Chris Owai, it was alleged that Robinson between June and November 2008, while acting as the General Manager of the bank, stole the property of the bank worth N29 million.
Mr. Owai further alleged that the accused banker within the same period fraudulently forged the signature of one of the cashiers of the bank, Simon Obiazu.
Robinson was also accused of forging and altering the audited report of the bank dated 10th June, 2008, which was presented to the Central Bank of Nigeria to be acted upon as genuine to the detriment of the bank.
The offences of stealing and forgery allegedly committed by the accused banker are contrary to sections 390, 467 and 468 of the Criminal Code cap 8 volume 4 of the laws of the Federation and punishable under the same law.
The presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang, has adjourned for the trial of the accused to commence.