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Court sends 2 bankers to jail for fraud

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, sentenced two bankers, Agbo John Agama and Edoh Steve, to three years imprisonment.


For N9.4m ATM card fraud in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.


The presiding judge, Justice Mojisola Olajuwon sentenced the bankers for conspiracy, aiding and abetting fraud to the tune of nine million and four hundred thousand naira (N9,400,000).


The convicts were prosecuted on one count by the Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).


The two bankers had admitted their guilt after the one-count of using unauthorised access device to scoop money from an account operated by Mejuru Chibueze Gospel on January 8, 2021, in violation of the cybercrime act, was read to their hearing.


“In view of their plea,” the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) stated in a press release on Wednesday, “prosecuting counsel, Mary Onoja, asked the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.”


The press statement, titled ‘Two Bankers Jailed Three Years for N9.4m ATM Card Fraud in Makurdi’, reads, “Two bankers, Agbo John Agama and Edoh Steve were today, Wednesday, January 11, 2023, convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment by Justice Mojisola Olajuwon of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, for conspiracy, aiding and abetting fraud to the tune of Nine Million Four Hundred Thousand Naira (N9, 400,000).


“The convicts were prosecuted on one count charge by the Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC.


“The charge reads, “That you, Agbo John Agama “M” and you Edoh Oga Steve “M” while being employees of Access Bank Plc Makurdi Branch and others now at large, on or about the 8th day of January, 2021 at Makurdi, Benue State of Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, used an unauthorized access device to wit: a primed ATM Card on Account No. 30041040648 being operated by one Mejuru Chibueze Gospel with Access Bank resulting a loss of Nine Million Four Hundred Thousand Naira (N9,400,000) Only to him, thereby committed an offence, contrary to Section 33(2)(b) of Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under the same section of the Act “


“The defendants pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against them. In view of their plea, prosecuting counsel, Mary Onoja asked the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.


“Justice Olajuwon convicted and sentenced them to three year imprisonment each. They were also ordered to pay a fine of N100,000 each to the Federal Government of Nigeria and restitute the victim in the sum of Two Million, One Hundred Thousand Naira each.”


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