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EFCC arraigns FCMB staff, Bureau De Change worker for N11m fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday arraigned the duo of Jude Ameh and Ademola Aderibigbe before Justice Farouk Lawan of the Kano State High Court on a 19-count charge of theft and forgery.

A statement issued on Friday by the commission’s Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said the complainant had alleged that one of the defendants, Aderibigbe, an employee in his Bureau de Change, connived with Ameh, the account officer of his company at First City Monument Bank (FCMB), to defraud him of N11,360,000.

Count one of the charge read: ”That you Jude Ameh and Ademola Aderibigbe sometime in 2017 at Kano within the Jurisdiction of the High Court of Kano State did conspire between yourselves to commit an illegal act to wit: theft and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 96 of the Penal Code Law and Punishable under Section 97 of the same Law.

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The defendants pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them.

“Following their plea, the prosecuting counsel Salihu Sani, asked the court for a date for hearing.

“Counsel to the defendants, U.U Eteng, prayed the court to hear their bail application.

“Justice Farouk Lawan granted the defendants bail in the sum of N500, 000.00 each with reliable sureties that must have landed property within the jurisdiction of the court, which must have Certificate of Occupancy.

“The Judge adjourned hearing till February 11 and 12, 2020 while the defendants are to be remanded in EFCC custody pending the fulfilment of their bail conditions,” the statement added.

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