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Ecobank manager ‘steals’ N14m from dead woman

The-suspects...-yesterdayThe police have re-arrested the the Ejigbo branch operations manager of Ecobank Nigeria Plc, Mr Akhanenu Ikechukwu, for allegedly conniving with a suspected fraudster, Anthony Okpala, to steal N14 million from two customers’ accounts.

They were accused of diverting N4 million from bank account No. 5323007058 belonging to a deceased woman, Oluremi Egunjobi and N10 million from bank account No. 2741128259 belonging to a United Kingdom-based man, Rabiu Lawal.

The police alleged that Okpala, 41 and another man at large, presented themselves to the manager as relatives of the deceased with forged documents authorising the bank to release the money.

The deal was allegedly perfected between September and November, last year and the money was withdrawn from the woman’s account.

The police said Okpara also paraded himself as Lawal’s business partner and allegedly connived with Ikechukwu to withdraw N10 million from Lawal’s account in tranches.

Ikechukwu and Okpara were arrested by policemen from the Ikoyi Division, Lagos on Wednesday at the Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court, where the latter was allegedly facing another fraud trial.

They were arraigned before Magistrate P. A. Adekomaya of an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court yesterday on seven counts bordering on forgery and fraud.

Prosecuting Police Corporal Friday Mameh said the offence contravened Sections 287, 361, 409 and 378 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The defendants denied the charge.

Magistrate Adekomaya granted them N3 million bail with two sureties each in the like sum and adjourned till September 6.

On June 13, Ikechukwu was arrested and arraigned by the police at the same court on a four-count charge of fraud, forgery and stealing in charge No F/34/20/2016 following a complaint by the management of Ecobank.

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