Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Female Bank Manager Arraigned for Stealing in Lagos

The spirit of greed is a very bad force and anyone suffering from same usually end up miserable, no matter the level he or she might have attained in the corporate world. This same spirit seem to have caught up with a manager in one of the branches of Ecobank in Lagos. Funny enough, she is not alone in 'bad business' as her husband is also also been picked up for the same offence.

Investigation findings show that the husband and wife are...
fraudulently converting customers money and paying same into 'a special account'. The story: Men of the Nigeria police force, State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Lagos, have dragged a manager of Ecobank Nigeria Plc., Tosin Lawal and her husband, Michael Lawal, to court for Conspiracy and Stealing.

In the suit filed before a Federal High Court in Lagos, the police prosecuting officer, Nosa Ununnogho, stated that Tosin and Michael, between April 22nd and September 6th, 2011, at Ecobank, Allen Avenue branch, conspire to commit felony to wit stealing and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code, law of the Federation 2004.

The charge read thus: You, the wife, being a customer services manager of the bank, same time and place, with the intention to defraud, knowingly made fraudulent account transactions in various customers’ accounts under your control, thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 438 of the Criminal Code laws of the Federation.

The husband and wife were also accused, in another count of the charge, of obtained Ecobank customers deposits amounting to N209,674,267, under the pretext that the amount was being posted to the lawful owners’ accounts, a representation they knew to be false, thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 419 of the Criminal Code.

The police initially arranged the couple before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court but the case was later transferred to the Federal High Court in Lagos based on superior argument. But while the wife remains with the CID, the husband has been cooling off in EFCC custody since September 30, as such both of them were not in court when the matter came up for hearing.

In his wisdom, Justice Okechukwu Okeke of the Lagos High Court adjourned the case to give the Police time to retrieve the husband and produce him and his wife in court on the next sitting... I’ll keep you guys posted when the couple return to court, probably next week.

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