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EFCC Charges Ecobank, Staff to Court Over N9.2m, $60,000 Fraud

Justice Saliu Saidu sitting in Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday remanded a staff of Ecobank Plc, Mr Anieka Udoh in prison custody over a fraudulent transactions.

Upon was arraigned alongside Ecobank Plc on five counts charge preferred against them by the economic and financial crime commission EFCC over fraud and conversion.

They were said to have fraudulently converted the sum of $60,000 and N9.2m belonging to Major General Umaru Mohammed a customer of the bank.

EFCC through its counsel Mrs Bilkisu Buhari told the court that Ecobank and Udoh committed the offence sometimes in 2009 and 2016 respectively by failing to exercise due diligence in relation to conduct of financial transactions with General Umaru Ecobank MasterCard account No: 0015052989. The offenwe contradicted section 7(3) of the advance Free Fraud and other related offences Act and punishable under the same Act.

EFCC alleged that Ecobank Plc and one Anieka Udoh  that while being an employee of Ecobank Plc on or about the 28th day of January 2016 at Lagos within the jurisdiction of the court negligently fail to exercise due diligence in relation to conduct of financial transactions with General Umaru Mohammed Ecobank MasterCard account No 0015052996 in the name of Mohammed Umaru without the knowledge and authority of the customer, Mohammed Umaru and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 7(3)(a) and (b) of the advance Free Fraud and other related offences Act No. 14 of 2006 and punishable under section 7(3) (a)and (b) of the same Act.

The anti graft agency also said that the sum of sixty thousand United States Dollars ($60,000) and nine millions and five hundred thousand Naira (N9.5m) which belongs to Major General Umaru Mohammed was fraudulently converted Ecobank and Udoh in 2009 and 2016 respectively.

Defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Subsequently justice Saidu adjourned to case to 12th of March, 2019 and remanded defendant to Ikoyi Prison pending bail.

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