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Four bankers charged for diverting N129 million



Enugu Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,- EFCC on Tuesday March 27,2018 arraigned Nwachukwu Placidus, who was a manager of First City Monument Bank Ltd, Onitsha Branch and  three former bankers with Idemili Micro Finance Bank Ltd, Nnewi namely; Ohaegbunam Chinyere,Egbosi Chiemenam and Nkeiru Okeke before Justice Ike Agu of the Anambra State High Court on a 12–count charge of stealing, conversion and obtaining N129,000,000 by false pretense.

The first defendant, Nwachukwu  Placidus diverted funds received from Idemilli Micro Finance bank meant to be placed as fixed deposit to his personal accounts. Claiming they were severally rolled over and presented forged fixed deposit certificates to cover his tracks.

The other defendants are accomplices to the crime. All the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges after they were read to them.

The trial judge, Justice Ike Agu admitted the defendants to bail on different conditions as follows. The first defendant, Nwachukwu Placidus is to produce two sureties and Two Million Naira (N2,000,000)  in like sum with the sureties residing within the jurisdiction of the court. Ike Agu further directed that they must have landed properties and must deposit two copies of their recent passport photographs alongside that of the defendant.

The other defendants were granted bail in the sum of One Million Naira (N1,000,000) and to make available one surety each who must be a civil servant of not less than grade level 14 and who must also reside within the jurisdiction of the court.

The case has been shifted to June 14, July 16, October 15, November 7 and  December 6, 2018 respectively for hearing.