Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, sitting in Asaba, Delta State, has been convicted and sentenced a former Relationship Manager with the United Bank for Africa, UBA, Victor Onodavwerho, to four years imprisonment.
The convict was arraigned on a four-count charge bordering on money laundering. Justice Buba found him guilty of all the charges and sentenced him to one-year imprisonment on each of the four counts. The sentence is to run concurrently.
Onodavwerho ran into troubles when he forged the letter-heads of Edo State Universal Basic Education Board and converted a sum of N20,000,000 belonging to the Board to build a hotel in his name.
Also, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office arraigned two bankers, Ebenezer Adelowo and Walter Ekomaye before Justice M. L. Owolabi of the State High Court sitting in Iyaganku, Ibadan, Oyo State.
They were arraigned on different and separate charges bordering on conspiracy, stealing and obtaining money by false pretence.
While Ebenezer and Walter were arraigned together on a three- count charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing, Ebenezer answered to another separate five count charge alone for obtaining money under false pretenses respectively. They both pleaded not guilty to all the charges preferred against them.
In view of their plea, prosecution counsel, Adeola Elumaro prayed the court for a trial date. However, counsel to the first defendant, Degbile Moronkeji informed the court of an application for bail filed on 31st January, 2018, which he said is before the court.
He thereafter prayed the court to allow the first defendant remain in the EFCC’s custody pending ruling on his bail application.
Counsel to the second defendant also informed the court of his bail application filed this morning. Justice Owolabi however, ordered that the defendants be remanded in EFCC’s custody pending the determination of their bail applications.
The case is adjourned to 16 February, 2018 for hearing of bail applications. Walter Ekomaye (39) and Ebenezer Adelowo (31) were arraigned sequel to a petition from a Regional Control Compliance Officer and Zonal Control Compliance Officer of a bank (name withheld) alleging that sometimes in December, 2017, the duo were involved in an illegal withdrawal of funds from customer’s accounts totaling N23million.
It was further alleged that they took advantage of their position as account officers to some of the bank customers to perpetrate the fraud.