Lagos - Former Managing Director of Bank PHB, Francis Atuche, has denied the N25,7 billion theft charge thee Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has preferred against him.
Atuche, who was led in evidence by his counsel, Tayo Oyetibo, denied he was a thief arguing his Catholic upbringing was responsible for his high moral conduct.
"I am a Catholic. I cannot be a thief. I was baptised in the church and before I left primary school, I have started receiving Holy Communion which I do everyday. I cannot receive Holy Communion when I am not in the state of grace. I cannot be a thief because God has been gracious to me."
Atuche insisted that he had "never" stolen anything in his life, adding that this was attested to by the excellent testimonial issued to him by the various schools he attended.
The former bank chief and his wife, Elizabeth, are facing prosecuted in the Lagos High Court in Ikeja for allegedly stealing funds belonging to Bank PHB (now Keystone Bank).
They are standing trial alongside a former Chief Financial Officer of the bank, Ugo Anyanwu.
The case has been adjourned to July 7.
- CAJ News