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How ex-FCMB staff allegedly stole N30m from Bank in one year of employment

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A 29-year-old former staff of First City Monument Bank, Adebayo Ayokunle, has been arrested and charged before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court for allegedly withdrawing the sum of N30 million from his employer’s account and converted it to his use just one year after he secured the job and escaped.

The suspect, who fled after the fraud, was attached to the E-Settlement Unit of the Bank, Akoka branch, Lagos State.

According to the police, nemesis caught up with the defendant when the Management of the Bank audited the account of the Akoka branch and uncovered the fraud and reported the matter to the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Lion Building Division, Lagos Island, Lagos.

The DPO, it was gathered, directed his men, led by Inspector Akubor Hassan, to fish out the defendant anywhere he might be hiding.

The Police, after days of Intelligence gathering, tracked the defendant to a hideout in Lagos and arrested him.

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The defendant, a resident of Agric area of Ikorodu, Lagos, was charged before the Tinubu Magistrate’s Court, Lagos on one count charge of stealing.

Police Prosecuting Counsel, Inspector Hafsat Ajibode, told the Court in the charge marked: M/08/2022, that the defendant committed the offence between February and March 2019 at the E-Settlement Unit of the bank, Akoka branch, Lagos, just one year after he secured the job.

Ajibode informed the Court that the defendant betrayed the trust reposed on him by his employer as a Settlement Officer at the Akoka branch of the bank and fraudulently stole the sum of N30 million from his employer’s account and escaped before he was arrested.

She said the offences the defendant committed were contrary to section 280 and punishable under section 287(7) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Magistrate, Gbajumo Ayoku, granted him N2 million bail with two sureties in like sum.

Ayoku adjourned the case till May 18, 2022 for commencement of trial and ordered that the defendant be kept at the Ikoyi correctional facility till he perfects the bail conditions.

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Court orders arrest, imprisonment of COAS

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Chief of Army Staff, General Farouk Yahaya

A Federal High Court sitting in Minna, Niger State has ordered the arrest of the Chief of Army Staff, General Farouk Yahaya, for alleged contempt.

Justice Halima Abdulmalik, who issued the warrant and presided over the case, said the order followed notice brought before the court in pursuant of order forty two rule ten of the Niger State High Court Civil Procedure 2018

The judge ruled that the order is commuting Yahaya to be kept in Minna correctional custody for contentions of order of the court on October 12, 2022, adding that the COAS is to remain in custody till he has been “purged”of the contempt.

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The judge issued that the Commandant Training and Doctrine Command, Minna, Major General Olugbenga Olabanji, be arrested and imprisoned for a similar offense.

Justice Abdulmalik then adjourned the case to December 8 for continuation.

This is coming few days after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja sentenced the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, to three months in prison for disobeying a court order.

The IGP’s committal followed a suit that was filed by a police officer, Patrick Okoli, who was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigerian Police Force.

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Aisha Buhari to testify against student over ‘poor people money’ tweet

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First Lady, Aisha Buhari

First Lady Aisha Buhari, is expected to testify against Aminu Mohammed, a student of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa, who criticised her on Twitter.

Vanguard that Aisha is among the five witnesses listed by the prosecution to testify against Mohammed in court.

Meanwhile, the police alleged that the offence, bordering on defamation and cyberstalking, contravened Section 391 of the Penal Code.

“And wrote on it in Hausa language ‘Su mama anchi kudi talakawa ankoshi’ roughly translated to the English language to mean ‘mama has embezzled monies meant for the poor to satisfaction’ and posted same on your above Twitter handle for the members of the public to read, knowing same to be false and capable of affecting her reputation. You thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 391 of the penal code.”

The defendant is to be remanded in Suleja Prison pending the hearing and determination of his bail application, as disclosed by his lawyer, Kinsley Anga.

Recall that the said student was remanded in prison after being arraigned at the FCT High Court No. 14 in Abuja on Tuesday for cyberstalking and defamation against the First Lady.

Although Mohammed pleaded not guilty, he was still sent to the Suleja correctional centre without an option of bail.

The 24-year-old who hails from Bauchi State was allegedly arrested on the orders of the First Lady a few days ago sparking outrage among Nigerians with many calling for his release.

He had tweeted back in June in the Hausa language that the First Lady was feeding fat on the poor people’s money.

The tweet read, “Su mama Anchi Kudin Talakawa an koshi,” meaning, “Mama has fed fat on poor people’s money.”

The 500-level student was picked up from his school two weeks ago and taken straight to the Presidential Villa where he was allegedly brutalised, beaten, maltreated and humiliated by the police suspected of men belonging to the Department of State Services.

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Aminu Mohammed detention: NANS to begin nationwide protest on Monday

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Aminu Adamu and Aisha Buhari

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