Court Jails Two Bankers, Daniel & Mbuk In Cross River For Stealing From Dead Customer's Account

Date: 06-08-2021 11:53 am (2 months ago) | Author: CLARA JANCITA
- at 6-08-2021 11:53 AM (2 months ago)

Two bank officials, Daniel Akpan Eno and Mbuk Idongesit have been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Uyo Zonal Command before Justice Edem Ita Kufre of the Cross River State High Court, Calabar for conspiracy and theft of funds in the account of a deceased customer of a commercial bank.

The duo were convicted on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, after pleading guilty to a separate one-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy and fraudulent transfers. A third defendant, and alleged accomplice, Victor John Okon pleaded “not guilty”. His trial was adjourned till August 10, 2021, for consideration of bail application.

Justice Kufre convicted and sentenced Akpan to three months imprisonment with an option of a fine of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50, 000.00), while Idongesit was sentenced to three months imprisonment with an option of Thirty Thousand Naira (N30, 000.00) fine.

The convicts’ journey to prison started on May 23, 2021, when Idongesit (alongside one Utibe George- currently at large) approached Akpan with the burial program of one Godfried Godwin Osso, a deceased customer of the Bank, whom George(at large) claimed was his stepfather, with a plot to steal from the deceased’s account.

On May 24, 2021, George concluded the deal with the convicts and also contacted a Teller (Victor Okon – the 3rd defendant) from another branch of the bank to ease access to the funds in the account of the deceased. A 50% sharing formula was agreed upon by the conspirators and the plot was executed.

The commission waded in following a petition from the bank, alleging suspicious dissipation of monies in the deceased account into the accounts of family members and acquaintances, from where they were diverted to personal use.

Investigation revealed that on June 19, 2019, Victor Okon connived with George Ifiok Utibe (at large) and received the sum of One Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N1, 500, 000.00). Daniel Akpan also benefited the sum of One Million and Forty Thousand Naira (N1, 040, 000.00) while Godwin Mbuk benefited the sum of One Hundred and Thirty Thousand Naira (N130, 000.00) only

The judge ordered the convicts remanded at the Nigerian Correctional facility until they pay their fines, while Victor was remanded at the Commission’s detention facility pending the hearing of his bail application

Posted: at 6-08-2021 11:53 AM (2 months ago) | Hero
- constigoldo at 6-08-2021 01:58 PM (2 months ago)
The lives of these young men are in jeopardy for stealing dead people's money. The banks have their own blame on one side too because they are intentionally hoarding dead people's money with cumbersome provision of various documents involving the court and lawyers for collection, a lot of money to be paid here and there for the payment of the money to their next of kin which is not suppose to be.  What is the essence of asking the account owner for his/her next of kin at the time of opening account with the bank when the bank (s) know that at the end of the day, they will make it extremely difficult for them to collect the money. I am talking from personal experience on behalf of someone.  Most times,the bank (s) end up eating the money especially when the money is not so huge because when the family of the deceased weighs the rigorous rules of collecting the money, which will leave little or nothing for them at the end, they might decide to forfeit it  This is one of the issues the govt. should also look into if they are actually there for the citizenry.
Posted: at 6-08-2021 01:58 PM (2 months ago) | Gistmaniac