Court Deliver Judgment On Bank Fraudsters In Lagos
The duo of Useni Akpan and Ukpai Onyike, were yesterday, before Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos found guilty as accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and subsequently jailed.
According to a statement by Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC’s head of Media and Publicity, the convicts, who defrauded some customers of a bank to the tune of over N18 Million over a period of two years, were arrested at a Union Bank Plc branch in Ibadan, Oyo State, while in the process of obtaining an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card of another unsuspecting customer of the bank.
They were arraigned a year ago on October 7, 2016, on a five-count charge bordering on impersonation, conspiracy and obtaining ATM cards of Union Bank Plc customer.
The duo had both pleaded not guilty to all the counts preferred against them by the Commission, which set the stage for their trial.
According to the EFCC, in the course of the trial, the prosecution counsel, Ekele Ihenacho, presented six witnesses and tendered relevant documents, which were all admitted in evidence. While delivering his judgment yesterday, Justice Buba said the prosecution had proved its case beyond any reasonable doubt.
Justice Buba, therefore, convicted and sentenced the first accused to five years imprisonment with an option of fine of N4 million, while the second accused person was sentenced to two years imprisonment with an option of fine of N2.5 million. The sentences are to run concurrently.