Justice Farouk Lawan of the Kano State High Court has sentenced a banker with Fidelity Bank Plc, Anochima Chidozie Christopher, to one year imprisonment for stealing from the bank customer’s account.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Kano Zonal Office, had yesterday arraigned the convict Anochima on two-count charges, bordering on cheating and theft to the tune of N700, 000.00, to which he pleaded guilty.
Anochima, a Marketer with Fidelity Bank’s Kofar Ruwa Branch and an account officer to the complainant had invited the complainant to the bank and showed him a withdrawal slip of N300,000.00, which he (account officer) had completed and was only waiting for the complainant to authorise him to withdraw it from his account, pretending that he was in dire need of the money and would pay the customer back, the next day.
Instead of getting the N300,000 back, what the customer got was an additional debit alert of N400,000.00 from his account, the following week.
On confronting Anochima, he made the bank customer yet another promise to pay the money back, but never did and all his efforts to recover the money have been in vain.
Count one of the charge reads: “That you Anochima Chidozie Christopher on 7th May, 2019 at Kano within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kano State, did fraudulently induce one Anayo Anaezionwu to consent that you retain the sum of N300,000.00 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira only) and thereby you committed an offence contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 322 of the same Law.”
The accused person pleaded guilty to the charges against him.
On pleading guilty to the charges, the Prosecution Counsel, Salihu Sani urged the court to convict accused and sentence him accordingly.
The defence Counsel J.I Macaulay, however, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant was a first time offender, who has deeply regretted his action and restituted the money.
Justice Lawan convicted the defendant and sentenced him to one year imprisonment on each count charge with N30,000 option of fine for each of the counts and it will run concurrently.