By Robert AKPAN, Senior Investigator Reporter, Lagos.
AN Ikeja Special Offences Court sitting before Justice Sherifat Sholebo has remanded a former bank manager with Ecobank, Anieka Udoh in prison custody for an alleged theft of $8.907 belonging to a customer. A statement by the head, media and publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren and made available to CrimeWorld indicated that the accused was arraigned on November 6, 2019 adding that the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge. It reads: “The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today, November 6, 2019, arraigned one Anieka Udoh before Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja on one-count charge bordering on stealing to the tune of $8, 907 (Eight Thousand, Nine Hundred and Seven United States Dollars) belonging to Major-General Umaru Mohammad. Udoh who is also standing trial in a similar case before Justice Saliu Seidu of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, is alleged to have stolen the said sum from the victim while he was a staff of Ecobank The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge when read to him. The charge reads: “That you Anieka Udoh sometime in 2006 whilst being a staff of Ecobank Plc in Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division with intent to defraud, stole and fraudulently converted the sum of USD8, 907 (Eight Thousand, Nine Hundred and Seven United States Dollars) property of Major General Umaru Mohammad.” Upon the defendant’s plea, prosecution counsel, Kufre Uduak asked the court for a trial date and to remand the defendant in a Correctional Centre, pending the determination of the case. The defence counsel, O.J. Owoh told the court that a bail application had been filed and served on the prosecution on behalf of his client. He therefore urged the court to admit the defendant to bail on liberal terms. Justice Solebo granted the defendant bail in the sum of N2million and two sureties in like sum. One of the sureties must be resident in Lagos, with proof of residence. Justice Solebo adjourned the case till November 28, 2019 for commencement of trial and remanded the defendant in the Nigerian Correctional Service custody pending the perfection of his bail conditions.
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