2 bag 5 years imprisonment for N18m fraud

Posted by News Express | 6 October 2017 | 1,162 times

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday secured the conviction of the duo of Useni Akpan and Ukpai Onyike before Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The convicts, who defrauded some customers of a bank to the tune of over N18 million over a period of two years, had been arrested at a Union Bank Plc branch in Ibadan, Oyo State, while in the process of obtaining an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card of another unsuspecting customer of the bank.

They were arraigned on October 7, 2016, on a five -count charge bordering on impersonation, conspiracy and obtaining ATM cards of Union Bank Plc customer.

However, the accused had both pleaded not guilty to all the counts preferred against them by the Commission, thereby setting the stage for their trial.

In the course of the trial, the prosecution counsel, Ekele Ihenacho, presented six witnesses and tendered relevant documents, which were all admitted in evidence.

Delivering his judgment today, Justice Buba said the prosecution had proved its case beyond any reasonable doubt.

Justice Buba, therefore, convicted and sentenced the first accused to five years imprisonment with an option of fine of N4 million.

The second accused person was sentenced to two years imprisonment with an option of fine of N2.5 million.

The sentences are to run concurrently.

Source: News Express

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