Two officials of Ecobank Nigeria Plc, Tiamiyu Lukman (48) and Shogaolu Sheriff (30) were on Monday arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court in Lagos over alleged theft of N30 million belonging to the bank.
The defendants whose residential addresses are Block 8, Flat 1, LSDPC Estate Ikotun and Block D flat 11, Alahaji Masha Kilo road Surulere are facing a four count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery, fraud and stealing preferred against them by the police.
The prosecutor, Inspector Jimoh Joseph, informed the court that the defendants conspired amongst themselves with others who are still at large and committed the offences between August 1, 2013 and June 2016 at about 2pm at Ecobank of Nigeria Plc.
According to the prosecutor, Lukman (1st defendant) who is the head of Human Resource Compensation and Benefit in the bank allegedly inserted strange names that are alien to the bank including their account numbers and defrauded the bank to the tune of N30million.
The strange names and account numbers are Veromica Okaocha account number 0541022388, Ayodele Kayode account number 1482002534 and Ayodele Austine account number 2263002679. He fraudulently credited them knowing that their names were not among the list of beneficiaries of the compensation and defrauded the bank.
Inspector Joseph further told the court that Lukman, who is also an accountant in the bank inserted these strange names and account numbers, which were not on the list of people compiled by the bank for compensation and benefit.
He was also alleged to have credited them with the said amount which he shared with one Shogolu Sheriff.
The prosecutor said that the money that was stolen by the defendants is the property of the bank.
According to him, the offences committed is punishable under sections 409, 285, 363 (1) and 323 of the criminal law of Lagos state 2011.
However, the duo pleaded not guilty to the offences against them.
Magistrate Mrs. A. O Sholadoye, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N5million each with two sureties each in like sum.
She said that one of the sureties must be a level 16 civil servant, and their addresses to be verified.
The case was adjourned till August 10, for mention.