Ecobank Hands Over Former Manager To Police Over Alleged Fraud
One of the temptations that bank managers must constantly fight off is the desire to steal from their customers.
This was the temptation that one of the managers at Ecobank Nigeria allegedly succumbed to, forcing the bank to cooperate with the authorities to nail him.
The former manager, Ifeanyi Chukwu Azike, has now been handed over to the police for prosecution.
Azike, who was arraigned before Ayotunde Faji, a justice of the federal high court in Ikoyi on Tuesday was alleged to have defrauded customers to the tune of 411 million naira.
Although he pleaded not guilty to the charges, Daniel Apochi, the police prosecutor, urged the court to remand him in prison pending trial.
The presiding judge then ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison till March 8 when his bail application would be heard.
In a charge marked, FHC/L/56c/2019, the police alleged that between 2016 and 2017, Azike fraudulently obtained 150 million-naira from a customer of Ecobank Nigeria under the false pretense of buying him federal government treasury bills in his bank.
Azike was also alleged to have forged the bank customer’s signature, picture and letter of instruction which he used in opening another parallel account as Ikenna Okafor Kelvin with account number: 5333063028.
The police also alleged that the bank manager without the consent of the bank fraudulently converted the sum of 411-naira million belonging to the bank to his personal use. Sad!
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