Banker steals employer’s N79m

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Paul Iyoghojie

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A senior staff with the United Bank for Africa Plc, UBA, Anslem Ekenna, 36,has been arrested by the police from the Lion Building Division, Lagos Island, western Nigeria, drawing the sum of N79m from the account of his employer without authorization.

Police alleged that the suspect unlawfully hacked into the account of his employer to fraudulently transfer the money to various accounts from where he withdrew the money and converted it to his personal use and escaped.

The alleged crime, according to the police, was perpetrated in September, 2015 at the bank’s branch at Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Police further alleged that the fraud was uncovered when the management of the bank audited their account book.

The bank immediately sacked the suspect and reported the matter to the police.

Following a complaint, the divisional police officer in charge of Lion Building Division, Lagos Island, SP Tanaruno Anthonia, directed a team led by Sgt. Olaoye Rafiu to track and arrest the suspect anywhere he may be found.

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The suspect was arrested at a hideout in Lagos and taken to the station.

The suspect, a resident of Iyana Ipaja, Lagos, was arraigned before an Igbosere

Magistrate’s Court on a three-count charge of felony to wit: stealing.

The prosecutor S. Molo said the offences are punishable under sections 409, 285(5)(e) and 338 of the criminal laws of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused however pleaded not guilty to the crime in the open court.

Chief magistrate Mrs. A. O. Sholadoye, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N1m with two sureties in like sum, one of whom must be a chartered accountant.

Sholadoye adjourned the case to 11 November, 2015 for mention while the defendant was taken to Ikoyi prison pending when he will fulfill his bail condition.

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