Two Nigerian Bankers Jailed For Stealing N2.9million From Deceased Customer
Fred Omotara, Lagos
Two former bankers Titus Chima Nwankwo and Utibe-Abasi Ifiok George have been jailed after they pleaded guilty to stealing the sum of N2,900,000( Two Million, Nine Hundred Thousand Naira only) from the account of a deceased customer of a commercial bank.
Justice Elias Abua of the Cross River State High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State, convicted them recently.
Nwankwo and George both pleaded guilty to one count of separate charges bordering on forgery, conspiracy, breach of trust, and stealing, upon their arraignment by the Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, Joshua Abolarin prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly.
Justice Abua convicted and sentenced George to three months imprisonment with an option of a fine of N100, 000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira only) while Nwankwo bagged three months imprisonment with an option of fine of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira only).
The convicts’ journey to the Correctional Centre started on June 16, 2021, when a petitioner alleged that they conspired and forged the signature of one Godfried Francis Osso, a deceased customer of a bank, and fraudulently diverted the said sum for their personal uses. They were investigated, arrested, prosecuted, and convicted