By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”An Imo State High Court, Owerri, has started hearing the suit involvingÂ the mysterious disappearance of a $10,000 cheque lodged by one Sam Ononuju in an account he operatesÂ with Diamond Bank.
The plaintiffâ€™s counsel, Mr. Don Oweregbulam, had told the court that his client lodged a $10,000 cheque in his domiciliary account with the bankâ€™s branch in Owerri, on 12 July 2007, for the procurement and supply of computer sets.
According to him, the chequeÂ was cleared and his client withdrew $4,000, leavingÂ a balance of $6,000, adding that a few days later, he was informed that the cheque had been returned.
According to Oweregbulam, the drawer of the cheque who is based in the United States of America, asked his client to represent the cheque, but the defendant claimed that the cheque was cleared through another bank, Nigerian International Bank Limited.
â€œMy client has been unable to access the balance of $6,000 still outstanding in his domiciliary account as a result of the defendantâ€™s failure to give the cash value of the foreign cheque.â€
He saidÂ that the bank was under obligation to return the original cheque to his client if it was returned as claimed by the defendant.