Alleged Fraud: SFU File Criminal Charges Against UBA, Oil Firm, 7 Others

The men of Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of Nigeria Police Force, have filed a six-count bordering on conspiracy, forgery and fraud against United Bank of Africa (UBA) and an oil firm, Maters Energy Oil and Gas Limited, and eight others before a Lagos Federal High Court.

 

Listed as the 3rd defendant in the charge marked, FHC/199c/16, filed before Justice Mohammed Idris, are two female officials of UBA, Tammy Adoki and Augustina Ezenwenkwe, who the police said had absconded.

 

UBA was charged to court for allegedly undiligence, and for being negligent to apply its internal control procedures in the opening of an account in the name of one Mut-Hass Petroleum, which the police alleged was fraudulent.

 

SFU also claimed that the bank allowed the said account to be opened sometime in 2011, at one of its regional offices in Lagos, in breach of the provisions of the Bank and other Financial Institutions Act 2004.

 

The bank officials, who were said to be on-the-run, Adoki and Ezenwenkwe, were accused of “facilitating, contributing or otherwise being involved in the failure of your bank to exercise due diligence,”

 

For this alleged failure, SFU claimed that the UBA and its two officials acted contrary to Section 7(3) (b) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other related Offences Act 2006.

 

The other defendants in the charge are; Uche Ogah,45, Deji Somoye, 46; Felix Eribo, 43; Onu Ogbonnaya, 41; and Sheidu Olayinka, 37.

 

The defendants and some other persons still at large were accused of forging the signatures of one Mrs. Bridget Adeosun and Hassan Olatunji, with the intent that same might be acted upon as if they were genuine.

 

They were also alleged to have forged a document titled, “Ordinary Resolution of Mut-Hass Petroleum Limited,” which the SFU claimed was contrary to Section 465 of Criminal Code, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under Section 467 of the same law.

 

They were said to have committed the alleged offences in Ikeja GRA, Lagos sometime in August 2011.

 

At mentioning of the case was matter today, the police prosecutor, Mr. Henry Obiazi, said the police were still making efforts to bring the suspects to court.

 

Justice Idris consequently adjourned till Thursday, June 2, for the arraignment of the accused persons.


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