The police at Lion Building Police Division, Campbell Street, Lagos Island, Southwest Nigeria, have re-arrested and arraigned the former transaction officer of an old generation bank, Ketu Branch, Lagos Island, Ayoade Ahmed Abimbola before a Tinubu Magistrate Court, Lagos for allegedly defrauding his employer of over N40 million while he was in their employment.
Also arraigned with him was his female friend, Mary Adediran Adebola, 25, for allegedly providing her ATM card and pin number of her account for her boyfriend Ayoade to transfer the sum of N3,714,000 into her account knowing full well that that the money was stolen.
They were both arraigned before a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court on a 9-count charge. The first accused, Ayoade was first arraigned before the same court on an 8-count charge of stealing the sum of over N40 million belonging to his former employer in February 2013, and was granted bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.
Following further investigation into the matter by the police, they discovered that the second accused, Mary allegedly conspired with her lover to defraud his former employer of the N40 million, because about N3,714,000 of the stolen money was traced to her account.
During interrogation, she allegedly confessed to the crime. In her alleged confessional statement to the police, Mary a Computer Science student of Lagos State University, Jibowu Campus, allegedly said, “My boyfriend Ayode approached me to provide my ATM card and pin number for him to enable him withdraw some money from his former employer’s account, and I obliged him.
“He then warned me not to tell anybody about the theft.”
After investigation by a police team led by Sergeant Oluranti Elegbede, she was charged to court along with her lover Ayoade for stealing.
The offences, the prosecutor, Inspector Okoye Chidi said, contravened Sections 285 (7), 326 (1), 408, 413 and 410 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges, and the Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Oyindamola Ogala ordered that the first defendant should continue to enjoy his former bail condition while the second defendant was admitted to bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum, who must show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State government.
She adjourned the case till 15 April, 2013 for mention.
The second defendant, Mary, was however, moved to Kirikiri Prison Apapa, Lagos, pending when she would fulfil her bail conditions.