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Heritage Bank staff bags 7 years imprisonment over N21.8m fraud

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An account officer with Heritage Bank Plc, Omosanyin Eniola, has been convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment, for N21.8 million fraud.

Omosanyin was given jail terms, by Chief Magistrate Linda Yetunde Balogun, of Lagos Chief Magistrate’s Court, Yaba, after pronouncing him guilty of two out of seven counts charge of conspiracy fraud and stealing of cheques made against him by the Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU) Ikoyi, Lagos.

Convicting and sentencing the 40 years old banker, Chief Magistrate Balogun held that the prosecution has successfully proved the charges of conspiracy and N21.8 million fraud against the banker beyond every reasonable doubt.

Chief Magistrate Balogun freed the banker of four counts charge of forging Spring Bank cheques, which he used to perpetrate the criminal acts.

In her final judgment, Chief Magistrate Balogun sentenced the banker to a year imprisonment on count one without an option of fine, and seven years on count two, but with an option of paying the sum of N21.8 million, as restitution to the fraud victim.

The prosecutor, Daniel Apochi, had told the court that the convict committed the offenses between 2011 and 2014 while working at the Heritage Bank’s headquarters, Lagos, as an Account Officer.

During the trial, the prosecutor called three witnesses, who included the Investigation Police Officer (IPO) Mr. Jim Omoruyi, the fraud victim, one Adeleke, and an official of the bank.

The prosecutor also tendered several exhibits which include; a copy of the petition by Heritage Bank to the police, the convict’s confessional statement, the victim’s statement of account, some of Spring Bank’s cheques used in withdrawing the money, and others, which the court admitted.

The two counts on which the banker was jailed read: “That you, OMOSANYIN ENIOLA ‘M’ while working with Heritage Bank Ltd Headquarters in Lagos and charged with the responsibility as an Account Officer, between 2011 and 2014, with intent to defraud, conspired amongst with other persons, now at large, to commit a felony to wit; stealing and forgery; and thereby committed an offense punishable under Section 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

“That you, OMOSANYIN ENIOLA ‘M’ while working with Heritage Bank Ltd Headquarters in Lagos and charged with the responsibility of an Account Officer, between 2011 and 2014, with intent to defraud, fraudulently withdrew the sum of N21, 800, 000.00 (Twenty-One Million, Eight Hundred Thousand Naira) from Heritage Bank Ltd. and converted the money to your “own use; and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 278 (1) (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011 and punishable under Section 285 (7) the same law.”

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