The suspects being taken away from court by EFCC officials on Tuesday
EFCC Arraigns Two UBA Staff, Others For Alleged N20m Theft
Fred Omotara, Lagos
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arraigned two staff of United Bank for Africa (UBA), Freeman Austin Jacob and Umar Abdullahi and two others – Ahmed Bashir and Abdulhakim Musa (aka Gandu)  before Justice Simon Akpah Amobeda of the Federal High Court, Kano on a three-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
The defendants allegedly conspired among themselves to produce an ATM card in the name of one Alhaji Sani Muntari and used same to steal the sum of  (N20,000,000) Twenty Million Naira Only from his bank.
The defendants perpetrated the fraud by using the SIM card of the account holder which was stolen by Bashir, the third defendant, to produce an  ATM card with the help of the first and second defendants.
Investigation traced some of the proceeds of the theft to the bank account of the fourth defendant, Abdulkarim Musa, a friend to the third defendant,  Ahmed Bashir.
One of the charges reads, “That You, Freeman Austin Jacob, Umar Abdullahi,  sometime in February 2020, at Kano within the jurisdiction of this  Honourable Court, connived with Ahmed Bashir and Abdulhakim Musa (aka  Gandu) to prime and issue ATM card from UBA account no 2062903187  belonging to one Alhaji Sani Mutari without the knowledge or consent of  the said customer and thereby committed an offence punishable under  Section 14 (7) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc,) Act,  2015.
All the defendants pleaded not guilty after listening to the charge.
Counsel  for the prosecution, Aisha Tahar Habib requested that the defendants be  remanded and urged the court to fix a date for the commencement of  trial.
Counsel representing the 1st and 2nd defendants  made an oral bail application on behalf of his clients which was  opposed by the prosecution counsel on the grounds that the application  ought to formal.
L.A Umar who represented the 4th defendant  informed that she intends to file a formal bail application and  subsequently prayed the court for a date to do same and serve the  prosecution.
After  listening to the submissions of the parties, Justice Amobeda agreed  with the prosecution that bail applications should be made formally as  the court is a court of record.
He subsequently remanded the defendant and adjourned the matter till June  26, 2023 for hearing of bail applications and commencement of trial
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