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Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 3 November 2021


Bank manager sentenced to eight-year imprisonment for stealing N219m

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Former Branch Manager of the Sterling Bank Plc in Enugu, Mr Anidiobi Chukwuka has been convicted and sentenced by an Enugu High Court on Tuesday, October 2, 2021.

He was sentenced to eight years imprisonment for stealing and fraud.

The trial judge, Justice Cyprian Ajah, convicted Chukwuma of all the 32 counts levelled against him by the EFCC.

Counsel for the bank, Mr Olu Omotayo briefed journalists and he said, “The case was further referred for thorough investigation by the chairman of the commission based on a further petition we wrote on behalf of our client, dated July 4, 2018.

“Sequel to the outcome of further investigations, EFCC, through its prosecuting counsel and Chief Legal Officer, Michael Ani, filed a 32 count charge of stealing by conversion, obtaining by false pretences and forgery against the suspect (now convict) and was subsequently arraigned before Justice Ajah on May 7, 2019.

“The accused was represented during the trial by Chief O.A.U. Onyema, while Olu Omotayo held watching brief for the nominal complainant, Ohha Microfinance Bank Limited, throughout the trial.

“He was further sentenced to four years each for counts 15 to 28 which border on obtaining by false pretences, while he was sentenced to eight years for counts 29 to 32, which border on forgery. The sentences are to run concurrently.”