Press Release -EFCC Arraigns Two Bank Managers, Five Others Over N25m Fraud

EFCC Press Release By Wilson Uwujaren

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday May 10th , 2012, arraigned three bank staff, two civil servants and two companies before Justice Patrick Afen of the FCT High Court, Abuja on a three count charge of fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud, forgery of public sector accounts and obtaining under false pretence to the tune of N25.4 Million.

The accused persons who allegedly defrauded Mrs. Juliet Uzor, are Napoleon Obaje Adofu, Branch Manager, Oceanic Bank, Karu; Augustine Odinawor, Branch Manager, Fidelity Bank Gwagwalada; Patrick Onyekachi, staff of Equatorial Trust Bank, Abuja; Reuben Omotayo, Staff of FCDA and Abdulmalik Isa Teina, staff of Abuja Geographic Information System, (AGIS). They were arraigned alongside two companies: Yombor Ventures Limited and Aicoor Tao Nigeria Limited.

Soon after the three count charges were read to the accused persons, they pleaded not guilty on all counts. Defense counsel, Oluwafemi Adetusi, asked the court to grant his clients bail. He asked the court to take into consideration the constitutional right of the accused persons based on the fact that they are still presumed innocent until proven guilty.  “My Lord,  with this application, we are relying on the provisions of Section 35 (1) and Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. And also we base it on the jurisdiction of this court. We urge the court to grant our prayers by granting the accused persons bail. We also pray that the conditions will be on the most liberal term”, he said.

However, Salisu Majidadi, counsel to EFCC, told the court that he was only handed the bail application by the counsel to the second accused person in court and would need time to respond to the application.
Justice Afen told all defense counsel that he cannot consider oral bail applications for the accused persons . In respect to the second accused person who had filed a formal application,  Justice Afen said the prosecution by law has a forty eight hour window to respond to it.

After listening to arguments on both sides, the judge ruled that applications for bail must be formal and will be ruled upon on Thursday May 17th , 2012. The judge therefore directed that the accused persons be remanded in Kuje prison.

Trouble began for the bankers when a N25, 460,000.00 (Twenty five million four hundred and sixty thousand naira) bank draft payable to Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) was handed to them and instead of paying the draft into the proper account,  they conspired with their  friends who are bankers to open a fake AGIS corporate account and paid the draft into it.  After the draft cleared, the accused persons then transferred the amount electronically to two company accounts from which they withdrew and shared the funds.
 
Wilson Uwujaren
 

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The True Story

I can tell you all the true story as the game unfolded before my eyes.The account yes was conspired from the sight of the N25m draft,but also the victim had intentions to underpay AGIS for the service which pulled him to go tru d backdoor.
This incidence happened when these bankers worked in different bank entirely yet the name of their last employers were mentioned which I am sure EFCC will answer to. This incident which took place in early 2009 was reported to EFCC in mid 2011 while it took almost 13months before parading them as they refused to bow to EFCC staff conditions which involved "settle us" syndrome.
Only one out of the three still works in a bank but EFCC needed big title to make the news sell and to give our insensitive leaders reason not to merge their functions with other Agencies.
EFCC,we know your trick,but remember,the world is only a stage,the award will be after death which is just. Thank You

EFCC AGAIN,d bankers are innocent.

Ithinkdbankersareinnocent.

one day for the thieve

Hmmmmmmm...all days for the thief, but one day is for the owner!!!

EFCC MY FOOT

I used to believe all I read on sahara but this story has opened my eyes to not believe everything.this poor innocent bankers are being paraded as thieves just because they are account officers.I am a banker and I'm aware of this case and I'm surprised EFCC went this far.its so sad and inhumane!EFCC keeps using small issues to distract us when the real criminals are walking free

On the contrary, this country

On the contrary, this country can change or you would not be reading this

EFFC Should know that Justic is 4 all and not just 4 the poor

This country can never change, the ordinary man is trouble..
If this Banks manager are connected am sure this case would
have been History by now..nawo 4 EFFC justic na 4 all nd nt
Majority of nigerian who are nt in Gov't nd nt connected...

Without trying to justify the

Without trying to justify the wrong (any which ways thief na thief) I am often surprised at the aggression with which EFCC pursues "petty thieves" while looters in billions are treated as royal! Why are the bankers always the scape goats! Same bankers are being held for the billions stolen by the pension scammers. Please let justice go round.

25.4million??? EFCC my

25.4million??? EFCC my bootlaces! thief na thief but EFCC have shown us that thief get level. mouth-less bulldogs.

Petty Cash

What about the men who loot billions- these are some scape goats. nigeria wake up

Get Rich or Die Trying

I can't seem to understand whenever we are talking about corruption in Nigeria we hardly talk about President Jonathan, his partners in crime. Diezani and National Security Adviser Azazi. These guys steal more than Bankole, Ibori, Obasanjo and IBB. They have to remove subsidy to offset their debts with IMF. Beside Goodluck is yet to declare his assests to the public.

You are surely on some

You are surely on some expired steroids, you really need help.

Thief!!!

Maliki Taina so you are a thief??? Shame on you!!1

Every day for the theif, one

Every day for the theif, one day for the owner, let them repay every kobo they have stolen, nothing like big theif or small theif, thief na theif.

Greed, anyway until proved

Greed, anyway until proved guilty by Nigerian standard, they are Heros in our own context.

EFCC press release

It is good we stop deceiving Ourselves EFCC is not sincere to Nigeria. Shop shop company.

I KNOW ONEOF THESE GUYS IN

I KNOW ONEOF THESE GUYS IN THE 3RD PICTURE. I AM NOT SURPRISED. WHEN WE WERE TOGETHER (IT % NYSC), I ALWAYS LOATHE HIS GET RICH QUICK IDEAS.......THAT KIND OF PERSON HAS NO BUSINESS BEING IN CHARGE OF MONEY.

OTHER MATES READING THIS ARTICLE WILL KNOW WHO I AM REFERRING TO. THIS IS A LESSON TO ALL OF US.

AS BABA....USED TO SAY TO US "MAKANJUOLA"

Saraki fa?

How about saraki who looted billions? still a free man. EFCC is a toothless bull dog.Going after chickens.

@ Aremo

I like the idea of an Anti-Corruption immunization drug for our unborn, hopefully it will curtail this disease called corruption that has evaded every aspect of our fibre. :)

THEY ARE NOT SMART THIEVES

They are not smart thieves.They should have asked Ambassador felix Oboro the method and the juju he used to defraud Nigeria High Commission in Venezuela that he has not been taken to EFCC.At least,he admitted that he stole $75,000 to treat his relation.

Na wa o

This Deri is a bastard sha. I'm sure he was conceived when a ritualist slept with a mad woman.

EFCC IS A BIG FAT JOKE

EFCC is making a big caricature of that entity.
When are they going to start prosecuting the real thieves and stop parading these small fries?
The big-timers who looted the state treasuries are walking free and still flashing their stolen wealth.
Gimme a break. EFCC my Ass.

our legal system is so corrupt

Not till our legal system is reformed, they will always plead guilty.Because who pays the piper dictates the beat and with =N=25.4m they can buy two SAN's for the case.

Hw can 9ja eva survive wen

Hw can 9ja eva survive wen corruptn has eaten deep in2 every facets of the society,even d bankers who were trusted with d pples money?funny as it may,the only way out now is fr d govt(who themselves r super-corrupt)to establish a kind of Anti-corruptn medicine of injection fr the pregnant mothers while going fr their ante natals,just maybe we can deal with d situation frm d womb as even d pregnancies r corrupt.imagine these young looking guys who shud be spear-heading d war against corruptn,tooth and nail,fighting determiningly to redeem the future of this country frm great fools like,ANENIH,OBJ,IBB,ALAO,BODE GEORGE,OJUYOBO,OGD,etc,being themeslves culprit?
the only thing i can say is,NIGERIA,.....R I P!

Stupid Wilson Uwujaren

Wilson, how much in the scheme of things did thes folks steal? What is 250M naira? Is that enough for you to post pictures of these young men in International forum just to embarrass the President.
All Niger Deltans must speak out against this conspiracy asgainst one of our own.

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share the national cake

NIgeria is corrupt let's share the national cake. Even our so called bankers whom we entrust our funds unto their hands re not left out. God save dis country

why face covering

Two questions that always come to my mind whenever accused persions are brought to court are:
1.why do they cover their faces from camera if they are truly innocent of the crime,
2.why dothey always plead not guilty even though it is obvious that they hv committed the said crime.
God help us

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