The Lagos Zonal office of EFCC, yesterday, March 7, 2019, arraigned an individual identified as Anieka Udoh before Justice Saliu Seidu of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on a five-count charge bordering on conversion of funds for personal use and stealing.
Anieka Udoh was also identified to be an employee of Ecobank Plc. He was charged alongside his employer, Ecobank Plc.
Meanwhile, when the case was called up, the first defendant, Ecobank Plc, had no legal representative.
The prosecution counsel led by one Bilkisu Buhari, informed the court that she had Proof of Service of the charge served on the bank.
However, Justice Seidu of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos ordered the second defendant to take his plea.
One of the counts reads:
“That you, Ecobank Plc and one Anieka Udoh, whilst being an employee of Eco Bank Plc sometime in 2009, at Lagos within the jurisdiction of the Honourable court, negligently failed to exercise due diligence in relation to conduct of financial transactions with Major General Umaru Mohammed and fraudulently converted Major General Umaru Mohammed’s Ecobank MasterCard Account No. 0015052989 from debit card to credit card and consequently debited Major General Umaru Mohammed’s account in the sum of over USD 50,000 (Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) without the knowledge and authority of Major General Umaru Mohammed.”
The second defendant, Udoh, who was the employee, pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.
In view of the defendant’s plea, the prosecution counsel led by one Buhari, asked the court for a trial date and prayed the court to remand him in prison custody.
Lastly, Justice Seidu further adjourned the case to March 12, 2019, for the commencement of trial and ordered the defendant to be remanded in prison custody.