Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Banker faces N1.4m fraud charge










A customer service officer with Skye Bank, John Alikalih, was on Wednesday brought before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly withdrawing customers’ N1.4 million.
Alikalih, whose residential address was not given, is standing trial on a three-count charge bordering on fraud.
The Prosecutor, Plice Insp. Abbass Abayomi, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Jan.19 at 1.00p.m. at Isheri Ojodu Branch of Skye Bank.
He said the accused used his position in the bank to fraudulently withdraw the sum of N1.1 million from an account belonging to a customer, Mrs Felicia Adesola.
Abayomi said that the accused also withdrew another sum of N334, 052, from an account belonging to another customer, Mrs Josephine Benson.
“The accused willfully procured the registration of two ATM cards belonging to the two complainants, Adesola and Benson, and used the ATM cards to perpetrate the crime.
“The total amount which the accused fraudulently withdrew from the bank customers accounts was N1.4 million,” Abayomi said.
The offences contravened Sections 326 and 327 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge.
The Magistrate, Mrs Abimbola Komolafe granted him bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
She said the sureties must be gainfully employed, while one of the sureties must be a blood relation with an evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
Komolafe, however, adjourned the case until Feb. 27 for mention. (NAN)

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