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Published On: Wed, Feb 26th, 2014

… as police arraign applicant for stealing N2m from customer’s account

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The police have arraigned an applicant, Chukwu Anayo in a Senior Magistrates’ court in Wuse 2 for withdrawing N2 million from a Diamond bank account.

Anayo, is charged with criminal conspiracy and theft.

The prosecutor, DSP Yusuf Auta, told the court that on February 4, Mr. Clement Ebere the Chief security officer of Diamond bank plot 792 Area 10 Garki, Abuja lodged a report at Zone Seven Police Headquarters, Abuja.

Auta told the court that on January 30, Anayo of Jubilee road Suleja and nine others, now at large, conspired and withdrew N2m, using online banking code from the account of a customer, Malam Aliyu Yusuf.

The offence, he said contravened the provisions of sections 96 and 288 of the Penal code respectively.

If convicted, he faces seven years in prison or a fine or both.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

After the arraignment, Auta prayed the court not to grant the accused bail, as investigations were on to arrest the nine other suspects.

However, the accused counsel, Mr. Lawrence Ukpai prayed the court to exercise its discretion and grant bail to the accused for he has been in police detention since January.

Ukpai assured the court that if the accused is granted bail, he will not abscond.

The senior magistrate, Mr. Anthony Ogboyi, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N2 million and two reliable sureties in like sum.

The court ordered that the surety must deposit his passport photographs with the court;

The case was then adjourned the matter to March 21 for continuation hearing. (NAN)

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