Banker Withdraws Employer's N4m


The police at Lion Building Division, Campbell Street, Lagos Island, southwest Nigeria, have re-arraigned the former account officer of a new generation bank, Mr. Kehinde Abiodun Ola, 27, before a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, for allegedly withdrawing the sum of N675 from a customer’s account and N2.9 million from his former employer’s savings account without authorization.

The bank management, according to the police, discovered the fraud during a routine audit of their account following a complaint by the victim.

They dismissed the accused and handed him over to the police to face prosecution.

The accused was first arrested and arraigned before the same court on a 3-count charge of stealing the sum of N675,000 belonging to a customer of the bank, Christiana Ogbueyi in February 2013 and was granted bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Following further complaints by the management of the bank that they had uncovered another withdrawal of N2,900,000 from their account by the accused, he was rearrested.

During interrogation, he allegedly confessed to the crime.

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In his alleged confessional statement to the police,  he said he withdrew the money from the victim’s account because she is an illiterate and he always help her to fill her teller each time she came to the bank to withdraw money. That was that is how he forged her signature to withdraw the money installmentally to celebrate the last Christmas with his family.

He said he regretted betraying the confidence reposed in him by his employer.

After investigation by Sergeant Oluranti Elegbede, he was re-arraigned on a one count charge for fraud.

The offences, the prosecutor, Sergeant Ighodalo Daniel said contravene sections 285 (1) of the criminal laws of Lagos state, 2011.

The accused again pleaded not guilty to the charges, and magistrate O.M. Ajayi ordered that the defendant should continue to enjoy his former bail condition. She adjourned the matter till 6 May for trial.

—Paul Iyoghojie

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