GTB staff charged with stealing N8.4m depositors’ fund

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*Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni

An employee of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) Bidemi Wasiu, has been arraigned at the Igbosere Chief Magistrate’s Court for allegedly stealing N8, 449 million from the accounts of two of the bank’s customers.

The accused who works with the Oshogbo, Osun State branch of the bank, was arraigned before Magistrate O. O. Owunmi on charge No. J/25/2017 bordering on three counts of stealing.

The accused was arrested by police officers from the Victoria Island Police Division, Bar Beach, Lagos following a complaint from the bank’s headquarters in Victoria Island, Lagos.

The prosecutor, Sergeant Friday Mameh, told the court on Thursday May 11 that the banker committed the alleged offences between November 2016 and April 2017 during working hours at the bank’s Lagos headquarters.

Mameh further told the court that the defendant, without authority, unlawfully withdrew the sum of N4 million from the account of Ogunmade Victoria, and another N4. 449 million from the account of Olalekan Abiola, who are both customers of GTB

The prosecutor further said the defendant after unlawfully withdrawing the money allegedly transferred same to the accounts of his friends, Ojeleye Tawakalitu and Wisdom Marshal Njoku, where he later withdrew all the money and shared it with them.

According to Mameh the offence is contrary to and punishable under Sections 411, 337(a) and 287(7) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.

The banker pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail in the sum of N1million with two sureties in the like sum.

The magistrate directed that the two sureties must deposit the sum of N200,000 each with the Court’s Chief Registrar, and adjourned the trial till June 6.

 

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