Banker in court over alleged N25m theft

Banker in court over alleged N25m theft

A 32-year-old banker, Benjamin Musa, was on Tuesday arraigned at a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Abuja over alleged theft of N25 million.


Musa, whose residential address was not given, is facing breach of trust, theft and forgery charges.


He, however, pleaded not guilty to the offence.


The police prosecutor, ASP Peter Ejike, told the court that the defendant committed the offence between August 2019 and February 2020.


He said that the complainant, Zakari Uthman of Union Bank Plc., Area 3, Garki, Abuja, reported the matter at the Garki Police Station on Aug.24.


Ejike said that defendant allegedly used his position as the bank’s Teller and forged three customers’ signatures, adding that he then withdrew N 25 million from their accounts without their consent.


The police prosecutor said that in the course of police investigations, the defendant was arrested and he admitted to have committed the crime.


He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 289, 312 and 364 of the Penal Code.


The Chief Magistrate, Omolola Akindele, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N1 million, with two sureties in like sum.


She, however, ordered that the one of the sureties must be a civil servant on Grade Level 09 and above.


She adjourned the case until Sept. 22 for hearing.

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