Justice Muniru Olagunju of a High Court in Oyo State has sentenced a former staff of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Oreoluwa Adesakin, to 98 years imprisonment for fraud.

Adesakin was found to have committed financial fraud against her employers to the tune of N49,320,652.32 and an additional $368,203.00 belonging to the bank, which she converted to personal use, according to a statement released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Ibadan Zonal Office of the EFCC prosecuted the accused on 14-count charges bordering on stealing, forgery, and fraudulent accounting.

One of the charges read, “That you Oreoluwa Adesakin sometime between the months of May 2013 and November 2013, at Ibadan within the Ibadan Judicial Division, whilst being a staff of First Bank PLC stole the sum of N25,974,116.13 from First Bank PLC MoneyGram Payment Naira Account, the property of First bank PLC.”

After she pleaded not guilty to all the charges, the court commenced her trial. EFCC counsel, Usman Murtala, presented every vital document and witnesses which nailed the convict. According to the judge, the EFCC amassed a pool of incontrovertible evidence against the convict and did a diligent investigation and prosecution.

Justice Olagunju pronounced Adesakin guilty of all the charges, sentencing her to seven years in prison without an option of fine on each of the 14 counts, which will run concurrently. Apart from the jail term, the convict is also to restitute the First Bank, through the EFCC, all the money she stole.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, revealed that the EFCC arraigned Adesakin on April 4, 2014, after concluding investigations against her which arose from a petition from her former employer, dated December 18, 2013.

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According to the bank, Adesakin, as its Money Transfer Operator, who was saddled with the responsibility of effecting payments through Western Union Money Transfer and Money Gram platforms, fraudulently manipulated accounting and withdrew N49,320,652.32 and another $368,203.00 for herself, which the bank only uncovered while reviewing its internal account.

The EFCC was also able to establish that Adesakin used part of the proceeds of her crime to acquire landed properties in different parts of Oyo State.

 

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