Skye Bank Staff Steals Customers N1.4m

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By Dipo Olowookere

An employee of Skye Bank Plc identified as Mr John Alikah has been arraigned for allegedly withdrawing the sum of N1.4 million from two customers’ accounts.

The suspect was dragged to the Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday by the police prosecutor, Inspector Abbass Abayomi.

Mr Abayomi informed the court that Mr Alikalih, who works as a customer service officer with Skye Bank, allegedly committed the act on Friday, January 19, 2018, at about 1pm at the Isheri Ojodu Branch of Skye Bank.

The accused was slammed with a three-count charge bordering on fraud.

He was said to have used his position in the bank to fraudulently withdraw the sum of N1.1 million from an account belonging to a customer, Mrs Felicia Adesola.

The police prosecutor added that the suspect also withdrew another sum of N334,052 from an account belonging to another customer, Mrs Josephine Benson.

“The accused wilfully procured the registration of two ATM cards belonging to the two complainants, Adesola and Benson, and used the ATM cards to perpetrate the crime.

“The total amount which the accused fraudulently withdrew from the bank customers’ accounts was N1.4 million,” Mr Abayomi said.

The offences contravened Sections 326 and 327 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Mr Alikalih pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge and the Magistrate, Mrs Abimbola Komolafe, granted him bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

She said the sureties must be gainfully employed, while one of the sureties must be a blood relation with an evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

However, Mrs Komolafe adjourned the case until February 27 for mention.

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