Financial Crime: Ekiti State High Court convicts former banker, others
Salihu Ali, Abuja
The Ekiti State High Court has convicted and sentenced a former bank cashier, Ebenezer Adeolu Alonge to sixty years imprisonment for diverting N21 million deposited by customers.
Others sentenced were his wife, Isakunle Olamide Oyinlola and the mother-in-law, Isakunle Eunice Moradeke.
This is contained in a press statement by the Head of Media and Publicity, EFCC Headquarters in Abuja, Mr Wilson Uwujaren.
They were sentenced on Friday, July 23, 2021, by Justice Adekanye Ogunmoye of Ekiti State High Court, Ado Ekiti on a 12-count charge of conspiracy and stealing contrary to section 390(9) of the Criminal Code Laws Cap 16 Laws of Ekiti State,2012 brought against them by the EFCC.
According to the statement, “Justice Ogunmoye, in his judgement, ruled that the prosecution team led by Abdulrasheed Lanre Suleiman proved their case beyond reasonable doubt and that the convicts had failed to extricate themselves from the self-evidenced proofs before the court.”
EFCC, in the course of the trial, “Called two witnesses and tendered several exhibits to prove their case.
“The convicts were found guilty on all twelve count charges and sentenced to five years on each count. The cumulative sixty years prison terms will, however, run concurrently.”
The journey to the dock started “When the illicit activities of Ebenezer got exposed through a petition to the EFCC from one of the new generation banks alleging that one of her staff by name Ebenezer Adeolu Alonge was involved in fraudulent activities.
“It was alleged that sometime in February 2018 the bank received a complaint concerning the financial impropriety of the sum of N62, 400.00 in respect of a customer’s account.”
According to the petitioner, “On February 15, 2017, a customer lodged the said sum into her account but the transaction could not be traced in the customer’s account even after the customer presented a copy of the slip signed by Alonge.”
In the course of the investigation, “The said transaction was allegedly traced to Ebenezer Alonge’s wife’s account. Further investigation, however, revealed that there was a turnover of over twenty one million naira (N21, 000,000.00) as deposits from other customers into his wife’s account. Also, it was alleged that other sums were traced to his mother-in-law’s account, who was also a beneficiary of the fraudulent act.
“The court also ordered Alonge to forfeit his house, which shall be sold and the proceeds used to restitute the bank,” the statement read in part.