Two Nigerians charged for stealing 1.2 million US dollars from UK Bank

by on January 30, 2017

The Igbosere Mag­istrate Court has docked two employ­ees of a Lagos-based com­pany for allegedly defraud­ing a bank in the United Kingdom (UK) to the tune of 1.2 million US dollars.

The accused, Oladapo Oyeniyi, 48, and Kunle Ayotoye, 45, are stand­ing trial on a three-count charge of conspiracy, steal­ing and fraud.

The prosecutor, Insp. Amedu Adoga, told the court that the accused committed the alleged of­fences between December 2012 and January 2013, at No. 3, Oje Imsisnvan Street, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos.

He said that the ac­cused and others at large, conspired and issued an instruction to Habib Bank domiciled in the UK to transfer 1.2 million dollars to 12 different beneficiaries.

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Adoga said that the duo issued the instruction to the bank under the guise that it was their employer, one Mr Chris Ejike, that issued the said instruction.

He said that the accused issued the instruction with the intention that it be act­ed upon as genuine.

“The bank believed that the instruction emanated from the accused’s employ­er and therefore carried it out,” Adoga said.

He said that the accused stole the said money, there­fore contravened Sections 285 (8), 361 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused pleaded not guilty and their counsel, Mr Bode Omoboriowo, urged the court to admit them to bail on liberal terms.

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The prosecutor, howev­er, opposed the bail appli­cation and urged the court to remand them.

He said the amount in­volved in the case was so much which could make the accused to jump bail.

Adoga also said that the accused had left their known addresses, and therefore might not be traced. “It took the police years to trace the accused,” he added.

The Magistrate, Mrs A. O. Awogboro, over ruled the argument of the pros­ecutor and admitted them to bail in the sum of N5 million each with two sure­ties each in like sum.

She ordered that the sureties must show evi­dence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government, must have landed property and must be a blood rela­tion of the accused.

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She adjourned the case till February 15 for men­tion.

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