Police arraign woman for defrauding bank customer of N10m in Osun

A 30-year-old woman, Achi Ijeoma Mary was on Thursday dragged before a Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State for allegedly defrauding a customer of Access Bank, Wale Azeez, of the sum of ten million naira.

The police prosecutor, Mrs C. J. Ekeinde told the court that the accused woman committed the offence on August 6, 2020, at about 10 am at Access Bank Plc, Osogbo.

The two counts slammed against the defendant however reads “That you Achi Ijeoma Mary and others now at large, on the 6th day of August 2020, at about 10:00 am at Access Bank Plc, Osogbo in the Osogbo Judicial division of the Federal High Court did conspire amongst yourselves to commit a felony to wit: Obtaining Money by false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to section (a) and punishable under Section 1(1)(a)(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

“That you (defendant) and others now at large, the same date, time, place and in the aforementioned Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, did by false pretence and with intent to defraud, fraudulently transferred the sum of ten million naira (10,000,000:00k) from the Access bank account 1394286142 of one Wale Azeez ‘m’ to another bank account 0814531930 of one Sam Obi with the pretence of placing same under fixed deposit for him, a pretence you know to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1)(a)(b) and punishable under Section of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act.

Though the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges, the prosecutor argued that the defendant fraudulently transferred the sum of ten million naira from the Access bank account 1394286142 of one Wale Azeez to another bank account 0814531930 of one Sam Obi with the pretence of placing same under fixed deposit for him.

Her lawyer, K. E. Ngwoke made an oral application for her bail. The counsel urged the court to grant Mary bail and assured that she would attend her trial. The lawyer volunteered to stand surety for her adding that she is presumed innocent until proven contrary.

The presiding judge, Justice Peter Lifu granted Mary bail in the sum of N10 million with two sureties and granted her bail based on the doctrine of presumption of innocence and that one of the sureties should be a reputable professional within Osun while the other should be a landed property owner.

Justice Lifu, however, ordered that the defendant should appear before the Court’s Registrar fortnightly and fixed further hearing on the case till March 3.

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