EFCC Drags Econbank, Employee To Court Over $50000, #9.2m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, on Thursday arraigned one Anieka Udoh before Justice Saliu Seidu of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on a five-count charge bordering on conversion of funds for personal use and stealing.

Udoh, an employee of Ecobank Plc, was charged alongside his employer, Ecobank Plc.

However, when the case was called up, the first defendant, Ecobank Plc, had no legal representative.

The prosecution counsel, Bilkisu Buhari, told the court that she had “Proof of Service” of the charge served on the bank.

Consequently, Justice Seidu ordered the second defendant to take his plea.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Ecobank Plc and one Anieka Udoh, whilst being an employee of Eco Bank Plc sometime in 2009, at Lagos within the jurisdiction of the Honourable court, negligently failed to exercise due diligence in relation to conduct of financial transactions with Major General Umaru Mohammed and fraudulently converted Major General Umaru Mohammed’s Ecobank MasterCard Account No. 0015052989 from debit card to credit card and consequently debited Major General Umaru Mohammed’s account in the sum of over USD 50,000 (Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) without the knowledge and authority of Major General Umaru Mohammed.”

Another count reads: “That you, Ecobank Plc and one Anieka Udoh, whilst being an employee of Eco Bank Plc sometime in 2009, at Lagos within the jurisdiction of the Honourable court, negligently failed to exercise due diligence in relation to conduct of financial transactions with Major General Umaru Mohammed and fraudulently converted Major General Umaru Mohammed’s Ecobank Domiciliary account to Naira account Number 0015052989 without the knowledge and authority of Major General Umaru Mohammed and consequently left a debit of N9.2Million in the said Naira account.”

The second defendant, Udoh, pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

In view of the defendant’s plea, the prosecution counsel, Buhari, asked the court for a trial date and prayed the court to remand him in prison custody.

Counsel to the second defendant, O.J. Owoh, told the court that he had yet to file a bail application due to the fact that he received the charge two days ago.

He also prayed the court to remand his client in the EFCC custody pending the filing and service of the bail application.

Justice Seidu adjourned the case to March 12, 2019 for commencement of trial and ordered the defendant to be remanded in prison custody.

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