A Union bank staff Temitope Oluwasanmi, has been arraigned before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos Mainland.
Temitope Oluwasanmi alongside one other Augustine Olayinka were apprehended by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday, 19, 2017,
The duo are facing a seven-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing and fraudulent diversion of funds to the tune of N116m.
Temitope was earlier arrested in October 2017, following a petition received by the Commission from the bank.
The accused was said to have diverted the funds into three different accounts belonging to Augustine Olayinka (account no-0050657770), Oginni Opeyemi ( account no-0046585982) and Ogbaro Oluwaseyi (account no- 0061074951) who after much investigations was revealed that the accounts belonged to his friends.
One of the counts reads: “That you, Temitope Oluwasanmi, Augustine Olayinka, Oginni Opeyemi (still at large) and Ogbaro Oluwaseyi (still at large) sometime in 2015 in Lagos, within the Lagos Judicial Division, conspired to commit felony to stealing”.
Another counts reads: “That you, Temitope Oluwasanmi, whilst being an operating staff in the e-business Department of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc., between March 2017 and October 2017, in Lagos within the Lagos Judicial Division, with intent to defraud, transferred the sum of N116, 000,000 (One Hundred and Sixteen Million Naira) into the nominee accounts of Augustine Olayinka, Opeyemi (still at large) and Ogbaro Oluwaseyi (still at large) knowing same to be proceeds of crime.’’
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges after it was read to them.
However, the presiding judge, Justice Dada, granted the first defendant to bail in the sum of N2million with two sureties in like sum.
While the second defendant was also granted bail in the sum of N1m and two sureties in like sum.
He added that sureties must sureties must provide the court with a proof of payment of tax in the last three years and must have a landed property within the jurisdiction of the court.
He ordered the defendants to be remanded in Ikoyi Prison pending the perfection of their bail conditions, the case was then adjourned to January 25, 2018 for commencement of trial.