A Lagos State Magistrate’s Court, Ejigbo Division, presided over by Justice M. B. Folami on Thursday reserved ruling in a case of fraud preferred against a banker, Benjamin Wokoh.
The Prosecutor, Oladejo Balogun, had told the court that between January 2012 and June 5, 2012, Wokoh, a staff of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Igando branch obtained the sum of N700, 000 from 17 customers under the pretext of opening account for them but did not.
The court was also told that the accused, during the same period, place and time converted the sum of N700, 000 being the property of Stanbic IBTC bank to his own use. The Prosecutor called a witnesses, Joseph Ebenezer, a staff of Stanbic IBTC, who testified on oath that the accused committed the offence.
The defendant who was being held on a two-count charge of theft, punishable under Section 312 of Criminal Code of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011, and fraud, punishable under Section 285 of the Criminal Code also of Lagos State Nigeria 2011, however pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
The defence counsel, E. C. Ayanwu appealed to the court to grant them a short adjournment for the issue to be resolved and
The case was subsequently adjourned to August 27, 2012.