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Access Bank Staff, Others Arraigned For Allegedly Defrauding Bank Of N3.5bn

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Michael Igbomins, David Onyeike, and Moses Iruolaja have been arraigned before Justice Olubunmi Abike-Fadipe of the Special Offences Court sitting Ikeja, Lagos for allegedly stealing N3.5 billion from Access Bank and retaining the proceeds of crime.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned the trio on a two-count charge bordering on stealing and retention of proceeds of crime.

The EFCC counsel, Mr. Abdulhamid Tukur, told the court that the accused allegedly committed the offences sometime in 2023, in Lagos, with dishonest intent, stole and converted to their use the sum of N3, 473,166,731 billion, property of the bank.

 

Access Bank Staff, Others Arraigned For Allegedly Defrauding Bank Of N3.5bn

 

The EFCC also alleged that the defendants retained the said amount of money, the proceed they knew to have been from unlawful act.

A staff of the bank plugged an Hp Elitebook laptop into his branch network where he was working for about 16 years as an IT representative with the bank.

He gave them remote access to his cohorts for them to perpetrate the fraud on the network of the bank. He employed other defendants and moved money out through them.

According to the anti-graft commission, their offences are contrary to the provision of Section 17 of the EFCC Establishment Act, 2004, and Section 280 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charge read to them.

Following their not-guilty plea, Tukur prayed the court for a trial date and urged the court to remand the defendants in the correctional facility.

However, the defendants counsel, Mr. M. S. Amosun and Mr. I. O. Lala informed the court that there was no pending application before the court but they prayed that they would do the needful before the next adjourned date.

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