A 36-year old banker with EcoBank in Lagos has been arrested and charged before a Magistrate’s court sitting at Ejigbo, for allegedly conspiring to steal N23 million lodged in the account of a deceased client of the bank.
The man identified as Nicholas Anthony is believed to have conspired with one Junior Walter and Akeem now at large to falsify documents and attempted to steal the sum of N23 million belonging to a dead customer. Their luck ran out when the management of the bank discovered their plan before they could withdraw the money. It was gathered that Anthony after getting information that the customer was dead, contacted other suspects and processed documents to claim the money as beneficiary. Anthony handed the documents to Walter to come to the bank and present it to the management for payment. However, the bank discovered the criminal because the late customer was popular with the staff and many knew that the man Anthony presented was not related to him.
During the investigation, Walter confessed that it was Anthony that provided and filled the papers which he gave him to present to the bank management. Consequently, Anthony was arrested and charged to court on Wednesday for the alleged offence. They were separately arraigned and are facing charges of criminal conspiracy to commit felony, a crime punishable under the Criminal Code.
The incident happened at a branch of Eco Bank branch at Ilepo area in Ejigbo, Lagos where Anthony worked as a staff. When he was arraigned, he pleaded not guilty. The presiding Magistrate, Mr. A.A. Fashola granted Anthony bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety who must show evidence of tax payment and address verified.
Anthony was remanded in prison custody at Kirikiri pending when he will perfect his bail condition. The case was adjourned till 13 April 2016.
- Nigerian Monitor