Heritage Bank Manager Charged With Alleged $50,000 Theft

* Heritage Bank Manager, Fidel Omoje

 

 

 

A manager with Heritage Bank Plc, Fidel Omeje, has been arraigned before a High Court of Anambra State, over alleged stealing of $50, 000, 00, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Omeje, who was the Manager of Main Market branch of Heritage Bank, was arraigned before Justice D. A. Onyefulu, on one count charge of stealing, by the Enugu Zonal office of the anti-graft agency, last Thursday.

The offence according to the EFCC, contravened Section 342 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 36, Anambra State and punishable under Section 353 (6) and (9) of the same law.

Omeje was alleged to have used her position as a manager of Heritage Bank and account officer of the complainant, to withdraw the said sum from the domiciliary account of the complainant on July 20, 2011 without authorization and converted same to personal use.

However, Omeje had pleaded not guilty to the charge upon arraignment, prompting the Prosecuting Counsel, Mike Ani to request for a date for commencement of trial.

However, lawyer to the banker, J.R. Nduka moved a motion for the defendant’s bail, saying the offence for which his client was charged was bailable.

Justice Onyefulu after listening to both the prosecutor and the defendant’s counsel granted Omeje bail in the sum of N20 million and a surety in like sum.

The trial judge also ordered that the surety must have evidence of tax payment, and landed property within the jurisdiction of the court and his document deposited with the registrar.

Part of the bail conditions is that the surety must swear to an affidavit of means and produce two passport photographs each of himself and the defendant.

Meanwhile, case has been adjourned to November 26, 2020 for trial.

 

Source: EFCC

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