Justice M.A. Onyetenu of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, has convicted and sentenced a former banker,
Ikechukwu Chukwuma, to six months imprisonment for defrauding his bank.
Mr Wilson Uwujaren , Head of Media and Publicity of the commission, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to the statement, Chukwuma was found guilty on a three-count charge bordering on fraud as he used his position to influence and transfer the sum of N28 million to his account.
It said that on June 18, 2009, at Oyingbo and Fot Onne branches of the bank, Chukwuma obtained by false pretence the sum of N15 million by presenting a cheque and overdrawing his account to the tune of the said amount.
It said that he deceived the bank when he claimed that the said amount was about to be credited to his account by his uncle in Lagos.
By the action, Chukwuma committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) and (2) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006, and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act, the statement said.
It added that the judge also ordered the convict to pay the sum of N15 million as restitution to the bank.
According to the statement, Chukwuma was first arraigned on July 2, 2012, and he pleaded not guilty to the charge.
It said that sentence would run from March 15, 2016, the day he was convicted.
Meanwhile, an illegal oil bunkerer, Basil Anoliefo , has also been convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment with hard labour.
The statement said the judge found the convict guilty on a two-count charge of conspiracy and illegally dealing in petroleum products brought against him by the EFCC.
According to the statement, Anoliefo was arrested by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and handed over to the EFCC on April 15, 2008.
It said that Anoliefo was first arraigned on March 15, 2011, when he pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The sentence is to run from May 9, 2016, the day he was convicted.
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- Source: Pulse