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Ex-Skye Bank employees in court for alleged fraud

29 May 2014, 10:48

Abuja - Three former employees of Skye Bank have been arraigned before Justice Akindavid Oladimeji of Osun State High Court, Ile-Ife on separate charges bordering on failure to exercise due diligence, forgery and conspiracy to commit fraud involving the sum of N16, 89 million.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is seeking the prosecution of Foluso Opayinka, Ebenezer Adeyemi and Esan Okunola.

According to a statement from the commission, Opayinka was arraigned on three count charges while Adeyemi and Okunola were arraigned on one count each.

The anti-graft agency added that the accused persons got into trouble when they fraudulently transferred the money from the account of a customer, Global Link Consolidated Services Limited, into 20 different accounts without the authority and consent of the account holder.

The Commission added that investigations revealed that Opayinka, a marketing support staff in the bank, initiated the scam and was aided by Adeyemi, a customer care officer and Okunola, the manager of the branch where the transactions took place.

It is said the beneficiaries of the money transfers did not sign any paper because Adeyemi allegedly used fake transaction reference numbers and the manager assented to it.
They all pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.

In view of their plea, prosecuting counsel, Zainab Ettu informed the court that she was ready for trial and sued for the remand of all the accused persons in prison custody but counsel to the third accused Abiodun Olaide, prayed the court to admit his client to bail.

Counsel to the first accused person, Dotun Olaniyan, and counsel to the second accused person, Debola Adeyemi, aligned their submissions with Olaide's prayers and urged the court to be liberal on its bail conditions.
Justice Oladimeji, after listening to their submissions, adjourned the matter until Friday for ruling on bail applications and ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison.

- CAJ News

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