Ex-Union Bank employee docked over N8.6m internet fraud 

A former banker with the Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, Mr. Kazeem Alli, was today, Monday October 22 arraigned before a Federal High Court, Lagos, on alleged conspiracy, impersonation and Internet fraud of N8.7 million.

Alli was arraigned on the alleged charge before Justice (Professor) Chuka Obiozor, by  the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The former banker according to the EFCC, had on May 8, 2018, still working as a staff of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, failed to obtain proper data of a customer of the bank in processing Unionmobile in respect of Account No.0010807900.

The accused was also alleged to have  impersonated one Alexander Cherembem Okan and fraudulently withdrew the sum of N8. 677, 907.00 million from the said account No. 0010807900.

The offences according to the prosecutor, Mr. George Chia-Yakua, are contrary to and punishable under Sections 22, 22(2) and 37 of the Cyber Crimes Prohibition Act, 2015.

The former banker however pleaded not guilty to the charges. 

Following his not guilty plea, lawyer to thee accused, Mr Olatimihan Ogunbiyi, informed the court of his intention to file a bail application on behalf of the accused, and sought for a short adjournment. 

The prosecutor, Mr George Chia-yakua did not oppose his request. 

Consequently, Justice Obiozor adjourned the case until November 5, for hearing and determination of the accused’s bail. 

Justice Obiozor also ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody pending determination of his bail.

The EFCC in a charge marked FHC/L/301c/18, the accused conspired with other persons now at large, to fraudulently impersonate a Union Bank customer, Alexander Cherembem, in order to fraudulently facilitate the withdrawal of funds from his account.

He accused was also alleged to have processed the request for Union mobile in respect of the said account, without obtaining proper Identity of the customer.  

Count one of the charge reads: “That you on Kazeem Alli on or about the 21 May, 2008 at Ibadan within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court failed to obtain proper entity of the customer of Union Bank Plc before processing the quest for Unionmobile in respect of Union Bank account no. 10807900 operated by Alexander Cherembem Okan and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 37 (2) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015. 

Count two reads: “That you Kazeem Alli on or about the 2mI May, 2018 at Ibadan Oyo State within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired with other persons at large to fraudulently impersonate Alexander Cherembem Okan in other to facilitate the withdrawal of funds from account No. 0010807900 operated by Alexander Cherembem Okan in Union Bank Plc through Union Mobile Platform and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27(1) (b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under section 22(2) (b) of the same Act. 

And count three reads : “that you Kazeem Alli and other persons at large on or about the 2ml May, 2018 at Ibadan Oyo State within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court fraudulently in other to facilitate the withdrawal of the sum of N8, 677, 907.00 ( Eight million, six hundred and seventy seven thousand, nine hundred and seven naira) from account No. 00 10807900 operated by Alexander Cherembem Okan in Union Bank Plc through Union Mobile Platform and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(2) (b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015”.

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