The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission yes­terday obtained the con­viction of one Adekunle Yakub Asuni over N7 million fraud.

Adekunle was sen­tenced to four years im­prisonment without any option of fine by Justice I. B. Gafai of the Fed­eral High Court Akwa Anambra State for at­tempting to transfer the sum of N7 million be­longing to a customer of a new generation bank.

Asuani who was earli­er arraigned on Monday April 11, 2016 on a four-count charge of attempt­ed stealing contrary to section 8 (b) of the Ad­vance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act. 2006, had pleaded not guilty to the charge leading to the trial.

According to inves­tigations by operatives of the commission, of­ficials of the bank stated that Adekunle gave his name as Abdullahi Ad­amu with funds trans­fer form requesting to transfer the said sum from account number 0046119649 Abdullahi Adamu to account num­ber 0020220860 belong­ing to Salisu Abubakar all in the same bank.

Suspecting foul play, the branch manager asked the suspect to sign on the transfer form again, but he said that he couldn’t sign that his PA signs for him.

He was asked to call his PA, and he requested to make the call outside the bank premises. His intention was blown open when he was asked the last he withdrew money from the account but he could not provide an answer which led to his subsequent arrest and further investiga­tion.

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