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Banker Stole N24m From Customers' Accounts (Ondo)

A female staff of an old generation bank in Ondo State,
southwest Nigeria, Alabi Joy Omotayo, 26, has been
arrested by the police at Onikan division, Ikoyi, Lagos
for allegedly withdrawing N24 million from the bank’s
customers’ accounts.
After investigation by Police Corporal Orifa Olugbenga
and his team, the suspect was arraigned before an
Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos on a five-count
charge of felony to wit, stealing.
The police alleged in charge No C/34/2013 that the
accused was arrested following a complaint by the
management of the bank’s headquarters in Lagos that
the accused, a customer service care officer at their
Ondo branch office, had stolen N24 million.
The bank further said that they discovered the fraud
when they audited their account.
During investigation, according to the police, they
discovered that Joy, a resident of 7, Mary Peter Street,
Itogbe, Ondo State, allegedly used computers to have
unauthorized access to her employer’s programmes,
data and electronic data of the customers’ records and
withdrew the sum of N10.5 million from account No.
3031456895 belonging to a customer of the bank.
Joy was also alleged to have on 10 June, 2013 and 8
July, 2013, withdrawn N4.5 million from account No.
2006365332, and N9.1 million from account No.
3023171579 without authorization.
The offences the accused committed, according to the
police prosecutor, Sgt Babatope Julius, are punishable
under sections 409, 389 and 285(7) of the criminal laws
of Lagos state, 2011.
Joy pleaded not guilty to the crime in the open court,
and the presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs. F. O.
Aigbokhaevbo admitted her on bail in the sum of
N500,000 with two sureties in like sum. She adjourned
the matter till 15 November, 2013 for mention.
The defendant was, however, moved to Kirikiri Prison,
Apapa, Lagos, pending when she will fulfill the bail
conditions.

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