By Onozure Dania & Gladys Ezeagu
Lagos—Bank fraud among bank staff is on the increase as three bank officials were yesterday docked before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court for allegedly defrauding two banks to the tune of N34 million.
Tiaminu Lukeman, 48, who is the head of human resources compensation and benefit of Ecobank Plc and Shogaolu Sherif 30, also from the same bank, were alleged to have stolen N30 million from Ecobank Nigeria Plc.
Meanwhile, another staff with First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Timothy Adewale 32, was also alleged to have defrauded the bank of N4 million. He was also charged before the court.
The defendants whose residential addresses are Block 8, Flat 1, LSDPC Estate Ikotun, Block D flat 11, Alahaji Masha Kilo road Surulere and 10 Ejalonibu Street, Oko-Oba in Agege area of Lagos respectively are facing a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery, fraud and stealing.
During the arraignment of Lukeman and Sherif before Magistrate Mrs A. O Sholadoye, the prosecutor, Inspector Jimoh Joseph alleged that the defendants conspired with others who are still at large and committed the offences between August 1, 2013 and June 2016 at about 2pm at Eco Bank.
Sergeant Nicholas Akpene also told Magistrate A. T. Omoyele that the alleged offence committed by Adewale was also between 18 and 26 of April 2016.
In the Ecobank fraud, Joseph said Lukeman, who is the head of human resources compensation and benefit of Ecobank allegedly inserted strange names that are alien to the bank including their account numbers and defrauded the bank to the tune of N30 million.
However, the duo pleaded not guilty to the offences against them.
Magistrate Mrs A. O Sholadoye , granted the defendants bail in the sum of N5million each with two sureties each in like sum.
Meanwhile Akpene also alleged that the offence by Adewale was committed during working hours of the bank at First Bank Ikeja Industrial Estate branch.
Akpene said he stole the money in 2011.