The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on March 7, 2013 arraigned Usman Salifu, a former Branch Manager with Oceanic Bank Plc before Justice Dije Aboki of the Kano State High Court in Kano on a twelve count charge of theft and misappropriation of funds.
The accused as manager of Oceanic Bank Plc ( now EcoBank Plc) allegedly forged signatures and stole money to the N245million from the fixed deposit account of one Yusuf Saleh Dunari.
One of the charge reads, “That you Usman Salifu on or about 29th December 2009 in Kano within the Judicial Division of the High Court of Justice Kano State while being an officer of Oceanic Bank Plc (now Eco Bank plc) committed theft by stealing the sum of N30m from the Oceanic Bank fix deposit account of Yusuf Saleh Dunari and that you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 289 of the Penal Code.”
Another charge reads, “That you Usman Salifu on or about 9th December 2010 in Kano within the Judicial Division of the High Court of Justice Kano State with intent to defraud, forged a signature of Hadiza Abdullahi on Oceanic Bank Plc (now Eco Bank plc) fix deposit investment certificate dated the 4th December, 2010 for the sum of N40m and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 362 and punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code”.
The accused person pleaded not guilty after listening to the charge. Consequently, the prosecuting counsel, Ibrahim Ahmed, requested for a date for trial.
The case has been adjourned to March 14, 2013 for the hearing and consideration of the bail application, while the accused is remanded in prison custody.
Ag. Head, Media & Publicity
7th March, 2013