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55.8Million Fraud: EFCC Drags Bank Manager, Four Others To Court

By Lucky Isibor                                  

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Thursday, 8 June dragged former manager, United Bank for Africa(UBA) Benin branch, Florence Onome Odior before a Benin High court for allegedly defrauding one Moses Obozohae, a customer of N55.840.000.00.

Florence and four others are facing 16 count charges of stealing, conspiracy, fraud and converting the said amount to personal use contrary to section 467(2)(d) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Edo State of Nigeria,2006 while she was the branch manger in 2012.

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Counsel to the EFCC, Aliu Mustapha who solicited for accelerated hearing of the case also opposed  extension of administrative bail to the accused persons as canvased by their counsels.

He equally kicked against the sudden decision of the accused persons to file bail application when the commission was yet to serve them charge sheet.

On their parts, Counsels  to the accused persons prayed the court for extension of time to enable them peruse the charge sheet and make appropriate reply.

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Counsel to the 4th accused, Barrister, Chukwuka Enegide said the accused persons have always been regular in court and have no reason to jump bail.

In his rulings, the presiding judge, High court (5), Ohimai Ovbiagele adjourned the case to June 16th for arraignment and hearing of bail application.

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