N97m Theft: Court Adjourns Case Against Fidelity Bank Manager, Husband

A Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, has adjourned till 28 November 2014, the trial of the Executive Assistant, Electronic Business Unit, Domestic Operation of Fidelity Bank Plc, Uchenna Abazu and her husband alleged to have defrauded the bank to the tune of N97 million.
The prosecuting counsel from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation called two witnesses at the last hearing before the case was adjourned so that the prosecutor could call more witnesses in the criminal case.
In a four count criminal charge filed before the court by the prosecutor Mrs C. M. Efobi, it was stated thus that:
Count One – That you Uchenna Abazu (F) between the 29th day of February, 2008 and 12th day of February 2009 in your capacity as executive Assistant Electronic business unit of Domestic Operation of Fidelity Bank plc located at 23, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi Lagos, conspired with your husband Tochukwu Phillip Abazu, to commit felony to with forgery and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 3(6)of the miscellaneous offences act cap m17 of the laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, and in conjunction with 1(2)(a)(B) (c) of the same act.

Count Two – That you Uchenna Abazu (F) and Tochukwu Phillip Abazu your husband between 29th February,2008 and 12th February,2009 at Fidelity bank plc 23 Awolowo Road Ikoyi, Lagos, did forged statement of account 027402010024417 belonging to Tochukwu Phillip Abazu when you Uchenna Abazu an Executive Assistant with Fidelity bank Plc with identity card number 1705 in furtherance of your common intention made false entries into Tochukwu Phillip Abazu’s account number 027402010024417 opened with Fidelity bank Plc on the 6th of June 2007 at 23 Awolowo Road Ikoyi Lagos did forged statement of account 027402010024417 belonging to Tochukwu Phillip Abazu, when you Uchenna Abazu an Executive Assistant with Fidelity bank Plc with identity card number 1705 in furtherance of your common intention made false entries into Tochukwu Phillip Abazu’s account number 027402010024417 opened with Fidelity bank Plc on the 6th of June 2007 at 23 Awolowo Road Ikoyi, Lagos, in the sum of about N97million knowing that they were false entries which said false entries were acted upon as genuine via eighty-two Fidelity bank Plc cheques with serial numbers 03097572 to 0397601, 00106503 to 00106542 and 01951151 to 01951161, to the prejudice of Fidelity Bank plc and Federal Government of Nigeria and thereby committed an offence punishable under sections 1a,b,and c of the offences miscellaneous Act.

Count three – That you Uchenna Abazu and Tochukwu Phillip Abazu between the 29th February of 2008 and 12th of February 2009 at Fidelity Bank Plc, 23 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi did conspire with one another to steal and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 516 of criminal code cap c38 of the law of federation of Nigeria.

Count four – That you Uchenn Abazu and Tochukwu Phillp Abazu between 29th of January 2008 and 29th February and 12th of February 2009 at Fidelity Bank Plc, 23 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi did steal the sum of about N97 Million belonging to Fidelity bank plc and the Federal Government of Nigeria with Fidelity bank plc with eighty-one Fidelity bank plc earlier mentioned and subsequently diverted part of the said money to two accounts in commercial banks and thereafter withdrew same for your personal use and thereby committed an offence punishable under sections 390 (6)and (7) of the criminal code cap c38 of the laws of the federation of Nigeria 2004.

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