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General News of Friday, 29 April 2022

Source: www.legit.ng

Two commercial bank staff jailed for stealing from the account of a deceased customer

Photo of the two convicted bankers Photo of the two convicted bankers

Two bankers identified as Titus Chima Nwankwo and Utibe-Abasi Ifiok have been jailed by a Cross River state High Court sitting in Calabar for stealing N2,900,000 from the account of a deceased customer.

The bankers who were staff of a commercial bank in the state were convicted on Tuesday, April 26, after pleading guilty to a one-count separate charge bordering on forgery, conspiracy, breach of trust and stealing.

The duo were earlier arraigned by the Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, Joshua Abolarin prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Elias Abua convicted and sentenced George to three months imprisonment with an option of a fine of N100,000.

However, Nwankwo bagged three months imprisonment with an option of a fine of N50,000.

The convicts’ journey to the Correctional Centre started on June 16, 2021, when a petitioner alleged that they conspired and forged the signature of one Godfried Francis Osso.

Osso was a deceased customer of a bank and the bankers were said to have fraudulently diverted the said sum for their personal uses.

They were investigated, arrested and prosecuted by the EFCC before their conviction.

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