Court admits additional exhibits in N18.9m fraud case against ex-banker


By Tokunbo FAKEYE (Abuja)

NIGERIA: MORE trouble lies ahead for a former staff of Access Bank, Onus Osagie.

A Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State, has admitted several documents presented as exhibits by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a case of N18.9 million fraud trial involving Osagie.

The EFCC sued Osagie on a 25-count charge of stealing and obtaining by false pretence N18, 911, 583.33.

*Ibrahim Magu…EFCC Chairman.

The prosecuting counsel, Kayode Oni, at the resumed sitting, presented a witness, Juliet Odogwu, an official of EFCC, and tendered some documents which were admitted as exhibits.

The exhibits were marked as follows: a petition from Access Bank to EFCC as exhibit ‘A’ while letters of investigative activities from the EFCC to the Delta State Ministries of Finance, Health, Justice and Education were marked exhibits B, C, D and E respectively.

Other documents admitted by the court, presided over by Justice E. O. Abang, in evidence were letters of enquiries sent to Skye Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, United Bank for Africa, Zenith Bank and their responses, and they were marked as exhibits G1, G2, G3, G4, G5, G6, G7, G8, G9, G10 and G11 respectively.

GatewayMail gathered that some extra-judicial statements of the defendant, tendered by the prosecuting counsel, were opposed by the counsel to the defendant, I. Igbinige, who argued that the statements were not voluntarily made by his client.

Following this objection, Oni applied for a trial within trial to determine the voluntariness of the statement and the court granted the application while the matter was thereafter adjourned to February 9, 2018.

Osagie incurred the wrath of the law when he allegedly inserted his name and those of his family members and friends into the payroll of Delta State government through the state’s account being managed by the bank.

But, the management of the bank detected the scam and reported it to the EFCC, which promptly acted on it and thereafter charged Osagie to court.

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