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DIAMOND BANK MANAGER IN N24M FRAUD ... Court Fixes Nov. 8 for Trial

The trial of a Manager with Diamond Bank Plc, Chinedu Oguike, over alleged N24 million fraud before a Lagos Federal High Courthave been fixed for November 8.

Chinedu who is a manager of the Oyingbo branch of Diamond Bank, was arraigned before Justice AbdulAziz Anka led-court in August 16, by the Nigeria Police Force's Special Fraud Unit,

SFU in charge nunber FHC/L/334c/16, filed before the court by its prosecutor, Mr. Effiong Asuquo, ab Assistant Superintendent of Police (CSP), alleged that the accused person while while acting Manager of the Bank, something in 2014, conspired others now at large, and obtained the sum of N24 million, from one Ufomba Nnabugwu.

He was alleged to have obtained the money from the victim under false pretence of delivering a property located at Plot E-136, Adelaja Opesanwo Street, Ijegun-Egba, Satellite town, which is covered by a federal government's Certificate Of Occupancy (C Of O) registered as no. 48, Page 48,  volume 52, of the Federal Lands Registry Office, Ikoyi, dated August 25, 1999.

He was also alleged to used another person's name, Edwin Obele Ezeakachukwu, to obtained a loan facility from the bank for himself, and used the above mentioned property belonging to the name used, as collateral, at the detriment of the owner of the house.

The offences are said to be contrary to and punishable under sections 8(a), 1(1)(a)(3) of Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud related Offences Act, 2006, and 1(2)(C) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act. Cap. M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The bank manager had however pleaded not guilty to the charges and admitted to bail by the court.

Following his plea of not guilty, the prosecutor, CSP Asuquo, urged the court to remand the defendant in Prison's custody, and fix a date for trial.

At the resumed trial of the bank manager on Friday, the prosecutor, CSP Asuquo, while urged the court for a short adjournment, said the adjournment sought for was to enable the prosecution to furnish the defence with the proof of evidence of the Criminal matter.

CSP Asuquo also informed the court that the prosecution has persons to witness against the bank manager in the said alledged Criminal act.

Consequently, the presiding judge, Justice AbdulAziz Anka, while ordering the prosecution to ensure that all proof of evidence in the matter are given to the defence, adjourned the matter till November 8, for the commencement of trial of the bank manager.

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