A Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday fixed July 4 for the 16 bank staff charged with N2.6 billion frauds to be brought before the court. Those to be arraigned are Nigeria International Bank Ltd, Chief C. S. Sankey, Adekunle Oladosun, Okechi Egwu, Lulu Ndubuka, Oyowole Ariyo. Kabiru Bello, and J.E Eriagbon. Others are Samson Ebie, Steve Obodomechine, Mikky Dons Nig. Ltd, Mark Anaele, Peter Harris, Peter Oriade, Olusola Fagbure and Obianwa Chuba. They are charged on 20 counts bordering on conspiracy, intent to defraud, falsification of documents, fraudulent alteration and diversion of over N2.6 billion belonging to MicMerah International Agency Ltd.
The arraignment of the accused persons which was fixed for yesterday, was further adjourned to July 4, following a new information from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF. When called, counsel from the office of the AGF, Mrs. Kehinde Bode-Ayeni, informed the court of the AGF’s withdrawal of the fiat given to the former prosecutor, Mr. Gordy Uche (SAN). She told the court that the AGF was yet to re-issue a fiat to another prosecuting counsel.
It would be recalled that the arraignment of the accused persons had been stalled on February 9, March 2 and April 11, following the inability of the prosecution to serve the accused persons with the criminal summons. In the charge, the accused persons were alleged to have conspired to induce MicMerah International Agency Ltd, to deliver the amount involved to them, to be used in offsetting a fraudulent import finance facility scheme.
They were also alleged to have falsified documents to fraudulently secure the release of four Volvo luxury buses and two 40 feet containers from the Nigeria Custom Service. Besides, the accused persons are also charged with obtaining property by false pretence as well as corruptly enriching themselves.