N245m scam: EFCC Arraigns Ex Bank Manager, Usman Salifu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission March 7, 2013 arraigned Usman Salifu, a former Branch Manager with Oceanic Bank Plc before   Dije Aboki of the State High Court , twelve count charge of theft and of funds.
The accused as manger of Oceanic Bank Plc ( now EcoBank Plc) allegedly forged signatures and stole money to the N245million the fixed deposit account of one Yusuf Saleh Dunari.
One of the charge reads, “That you Usman Salifu or about 29th December 2009 in within the Judicial Division of the High Court of State while an officer of Oceanic Bank Plc (now Eco Bank plc) committed theft by stealing the sum of N30m the Oceanic Bank fix deposit account of Yusuf Saleh Dunari and that you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 289 of the Penal Code.”
Another charge reads, “That you Usman Salifu on or about 9th December 2010 in Kano within the Judicial Division of the High Court of Kano State with intent to defraud, forged a signature of Hadiza Abdullahi on Oceanic Bank Plc (now Eco Bank plc) fix deposit investment certificate dated the 4th December, 2010 for the sum of N40m and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 362 and punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code”.
The accused pleaded not guilty after listening to the charge.

Consequently, the prosecuting counsel, Ibrahim Ahmed, requested for a date for trial.

The case has adjourned to March 14, 2013 for hearing and consideration of the bail application, while the accused is remanded in prison custody.

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