The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, Wednesday summoned an ex-banker, Akinwole Oluwaseun Dosunmu, alongside his wife, Motunrayo Olanike Dosunmu for allegedly stealing N2.7m from Sterling bank PLC.
The couple were brought before Justice Ladiran Akintola of the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan.
EFCC acting representative, Tony Orilade who revealed this in an announcement in Abuja further clarified that the couple was accused of stealing the said sum from Sterling Bank Plc.
Akinwole apparently was a worker of the bank, while his wife was a customer and a beneficiary in the bank’s Third Party Acquirer Scheme.
News Agency discovered that the bank had started the scheme as a marketing strategy through which relatives and friends of their marketing agents were awarded commission for bringing new customers to open and operate new accounts with the bank.
In addition, Akinwole was said to be a marketer with the bank and, was coordinate the scheme.
Aside from the commission on account opening, the referral was additionally said to appreciate percentage on the saving made through the accounts every month.
It was, however, alleged that while reviewing activities under the scheme in 2016, the bank discovered that most of the accounts appropriated to Motunrayo as a third-party acquirer were fraudulently tagged to her by her husband.
Investigations additionally uncovered that the accounts were never sourced by the couple yet other third-party agents.
As indicated by the petition filed by the bank, the couple had benefited a total of N2, 740,300.9292 as commission fraudulently paid to Motunrayo through the scheme.
We assembled that it was bon account of the allegation and further investigations by the EFCC that the couple was arraigned on a 16-count charge of stealing on Tuesday.
The offence is contrary to Section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code Laws CAP 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.
count one of the charge reads: “That you, Akinwole Oluwaseun Dosunmu and Motunrayo Olanike Dosunmu between the months of July 2015 and April 2016 at Ibadan within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did commit an illegal act, to wit, stealing of the aggregate sum of N1,280,554.38 (One Million, Two Hundred and Eighty Thousand, Five Hundred and Fifty Four Naira, Thirty-Eight Kobo), property of Sterling Bank Plc under the guise that the account of one Odediran Oluwafemi and An Nee was generated by Motunrayo Olanike Dosunmu and thereby committed an offense”.
But the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.
It was on this premise direction to the EFCC, Ifeanyi Agwu, applied for a date for preliminary and for the respondents to be remanded in the custody of Nigerian Correctional Service.
In complaint, the defence counsel, J. B. Olaoye, informed the court that he has filed applications for bail on behalf of the accused persons.
In his ruling, Justice Akintola dismissed the issue to Friday, February 21, forhearing of the bail applications and ordered that the defendants be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Agodi, Ibadan.