Access Bank Plc Banker sent to prison for N8m theft


For the embattled Herbert Wigwe-led Access Bank Plc these are not the best of times as the bank continue to swim in the sea of controversy. And as it stands, the bank is fast becoming safe havens for fraudulent officials. For Access bank, it has been a case of one day, one trouble.

A senior banker with Access Bank Plc, Ladipo Branch, Mushin, Lagos, Beatrice Nwana, 33, has been arrested and arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly obtaining the sum of $40,000 equivalent to N8,240,000 from Obinna Ezenwata under false pretence.

Also arraigned with her for the same offence was Okwudili Onyetube, a Vehicle spare parts trader in Oyingbo, Lagos.

Nwana, a native of Anambra State and Onyetube were arrested by the operatives of the Federal Criminal Investigation and intelligent department, FCIID, Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos.

After investigation, the two were arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate Court, Lagos on a four-count charge of felony to obtaining money under false pretence and stealing.

Police prosecutor, DSP Henry Obiazi informed the court in charge No. C/53/2017 that the accused persons committed the alleged offence in February, 2015 in Okota, Lagos.

Beatrice Nwana

Beatrice Nwana

Obiazi told the court that the female banker connived with her accomplice to collect the alleged sum from the complainant with a promise to exchange it with naira equivalent, but that the two accused failed to provide the naira equivalent to the complainant and instead converted the money to their personal use.

He said that when all efforts by the complainant to retrieve his money from the accused persons since 2015 proved futile, he reported the matter to the police leading to the arrest of the accused persons.

Obiazi said that the offences committed were punishable under sections 411, 314 (1) (A) and 287 (5) (A) of the criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the alleged crime in the open court and Chief Magistrate O.A Komolafe granted them bail in the sum of N3 million each with two sureties in like sum.

Komolafe adjourned the cased till 19 September, 2017 for mention while the defendants were remanded in Kirikiri and Ikoyi prisons respectively pending when they will be able to fulfill their bail conditions.

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