A Sterling Bank staff, Chidebere Ikenna, who allegedly stole the bank’s customers money to the tune of N2million and absconded was yesterday arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court Lagos.
Ikenna 41, of 74, Akintomide Street, Ijegun Satellite Town Lagos, is standing trial on a one-count charge bordering on stealing preferred against him by the police.
The prosecutor, Inspector Abbass Abayomi told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence sometime in November 2016, at Sterling Bank Plc, Lagos Island.
He said that the money that was stolen belongs to the bank.
”Trouble started when customers of the bank came to complain that the money they deposited into their accounts did not reflect in their accounts.
After the bank carried out investigation into the customers’ claims and discovered that the defendant was suppressing customer’s, account he then absconded.”
The prosecutor said that the offence committed is contrary to Section 280 and punishable under Section 287 of the criminal law of Lagos State 2015.
However the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate, Mrs Abimbola Komolafe granted the defendant bail in the sum of N1million , with two sureties in like sum.
She said that the sureties must be gainfully employed, one must be a blood relation show evidence of three years tax payment and affidavit of means and have their addresses verified.
The magistrate adjourned the case till November 14,2017, for mention.