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Court adjourns Delta money laundering trial

26 February 2015, 09:00 Okoro Chinedi

Lagos - An alleged money launderer has been arraigned at the Federal High Court in Warri, Delta State for alleged dishonest conduct that cost a bank N6 million.

Akpere Ovine Desmond has appeared before Justice Abubakar Shitu of the on a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and money laundering.

It is alleged that in May 2012, the accused received a phone call from a Mr Taiwo Ogunsanyo, who claimed to be a staff of First Bank Nigeria Plc.

According to him, Taiwo claimed the bank was updating customers’ security information and requested for his token number, phone number and corporate identity number.

He sent all the details as requested and, to his surprise, he received a debit alert of the withdrawal of the sum of N6 million from his company, First Ambition investment Limited’s account with First Bank.

Also Read: Fani-Kayode’s money laundering trial adjourned

A trail of the funds, led investigators to an accountant the United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA)  belonging to one Frank Asemota, from where the money was transferred to different accounts and consequently withdrawn at various ATM terminals.

Desmond, whose account was flagged, was arrested in Access Bank, Benin, Edo State with 44 ATM cards.

Investigations further revealed that the accused person conspired with others to launder the N6 million.

The matter has been adjourned to April 29 for trial.

- CAJ News


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