2 Diamond Bank Staff Remanded In Prison For Forging Customers’ Signatures

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Two
workers of Diamond Bank PLC, Okoh Ebele and Charles Amadi, were
yesterday arraigned before a Karu Chief Magistrates Court, Abuja, for allegedly
forging the signatures of four consumers. The accused persons withdrew N250,000
from one of the customer’s account. Prosecutor Garba Mohammed told the
court that the accused were arraigned on a four-count charge of criminal
conspiracy, criminal breach of trust by servant, forgery and theft. He the offences contravened Sections
97, 314, 364 and 287 of the Penal Code.
Mohammed said that one Anthony Anaolu,
a worker with Diamond Bank PLC, Area 11, Abuja, reported the matter at the
Garki Police Station.

He said Anaolu reported that the
accused persons were staff of Wuse Zone 4, branch, entrusted with depositors’
money.
“The accused conspired among
themselves and revealed the signatures of four different customers operating
different accounts in the same bank.
“They scanned the signatures and sent
to one Charles, whose surname is still unknown and now at-large, with the
intention to withdraw the customer’s money deposited with the bank.
“In the course of their actions, they
succeeded in withdrawing the sum of N250,000 from the account of one L.A
Mittee, through one Amarachi Joshia, of Wuse Zone 5, Abuja,’’ he said.
Joshia is presently also standing
trial for alleged theft in the same court.
He said that during police
investigation, the accused persons admitted committing the offence.
The accused persons, however, pleaded
not guilty to the charges.
The Counsel to the accused, Charles
Achillo, therefore, made an oral application for their bail.
The Chief Magistrate, Ahmed Shaibu,
refused the application for bail and ordered that they should be remanded in
prison.
“The offence of forgery is a serious
crime. It has to come by way of motion and not an oral application.
“The case stands adjourned to Jan.
16,2013 for hearing,” Shaibu said. (NAN)

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