EFCC arraigns First Bank staff for stealing N18m from ATM

EFCC arraigns First Bank staff for stealing N18m from ATM

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC), Benin Zonal Office has arraigned Philip Orumade on a Nine counts charge bordering on stealing before Justice Efe I. Ikponmwonba of the Edo State High Court, Benin City.

Orumade, a Staff of First Bank of Nigeria Plc was alleged to have, sometime in November 2019 while working as a banker in charge of Automated Teller Machine, stole a cumulative sum of N18, 903,000 from the machine at the Aduwawa branch of FBN.

One of the counts reads: that you Philip Orumade, on or about the 2nd day of November 2019 at Aduwawa within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court did steal from ATM machines at Aduwawa branch of First Bank Of Nigeria a cumulative sum of Eighteen Million, Nine Hundred and Three Thousand Naira (N18,903,000) property of First Bank of Nigeria Plc, contrary to Section 383 of Bendel State Criminal Code Law (as applicable to Edo State) and punishable under Section 390(7) of the same Law”.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Ibrahim Mohammed, prayed the court to fix a date for trial. However, the defence counsel, Martha Imafu informed the court of a pending motion for bail. She said the offence was bailabĺe and prayed the court to grant her client bail.
Justice Ikponwonba granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety in like sum. The surety should be resident within the jurisdiction of the court.
The case was adjourned until January 27, 2021, for the commencement of trial.

About the Author
Philomena  Ngozi Christopher-Oji was born to the family of the late Michael and Cecilia Ojeogwu of Ubulu-Uku, in Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State. She had her primary and secondary education in Nwanoli and Ezemu Girls College, in Ubulu-Uku, before she proceeded to the Delta State University, Abraka, where she studied English and Literary Studies.

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