Two Bankers Convicted for Stealing From the Dead. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Uyo Zonal Command, has secured the conviction of two bank officials.
Charges Against The Two Convicted Bankers
The two bankers are Daniel Akpan Eno and Mbuk Idongesit were arrainged before Justice Edem Ita Kufre of the Cross River State High Court, Calabar for conspiracy.
They were also charged with theft of funds in the account of a deceased customer of a commercial bank.
The duo were convicted on Wednesday August 4, 2021. After they pleaded guilty to separate one count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy and fraudulent transfers.
A third defendant, and alleged accomplice, Victor John Okon pleaded “not guilty”. His trial was adjourned till August 10, 2021 for consideration of bail application.
Judgement of The Prosecuting Judge
Justice Kufre convicted and sentenced Akpan to three months imprisonment with an option of fine of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50, 000.00), while Idongesit was sentenced to three months imprisonment with an option of Thirty Thousand Naira (N30, 000.00) fine.
The convicts’ journey to prison started on May 23, 2021 when Idongesit (alongside one Utibe George- currently at large) approached Akpan with the burial programme of one Godfried Godwin Osso, a deceased customer of the Bank, whom George(at large) claimed was his step – father, with a plot to steal from the deceased’s account.
On May 24, 2021, George concluded the deal with the convicts and also contacted a Teller (Victor Okon – the 3rd defendant) from another branch of the bank to ease access to the funds in the account of the deceased. A 50% sharing formula was agreed upon by the conspirators and the plot was executed.
The commission waded in following a petition from the bank, alleging suspicious dissipation of monies in the deceased account into the accounts of family members and acquaintances, from where they were diverted to personal use.
Investigation revealed that on June 19, 2019 Victor Okon connived with George Ifiok Utibe (at large) and received the sum of One Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N1, 500, 000.00). Daniel Akpan also benefited the sum of One Million and Forty Thousand Naira (N1, 040, 000.00) while Godwin Mbuk benefited the sum of One Hundred and Thirty Thousand Naira (N130, 000.00) only
The judge ordered the convicts remanded at the Nigerian Correctional facility until they pay their fines, while Victor was remanded at the Commission’s detention facility pending the hearing of his bail application.
Man Convicted for Job Scam in Kaduna
In related development, the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on August 4, 2021 secured the conviction of one Gambo Suleiman. This was before Justice M.T.M Aliyu of Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna for offences bordering on cheating.
The defendant who is a WAEC Supervisor at the Mando Custodial Centre, tricked his victim to part with N85, 000,000 over offer of non-existent job.
Gambo Suleiman was convicted and sentenced to a fine after pleading guilty to an amended one count charge
Before conviction, the defendant had restituted his victim the sum of N85, 000,000 (Eighty Five Thousand Naira) only.
The charge reads, “That you, Gambo Suleiman sometime between August and November, 2020 in Kaduna within the Judicial Division of this Honourable Court, did cheat one Fauziyya Adamu Tanko.
That was by pretending to secure an employment for her with the National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies ( NBAIS) which made her part with the sum of N85,000,000 (Eighty Five Thousand Naira) only and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 306 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable under Section 307 of the same Law”.
Credited to EFCC