The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday arraigned former Managing Director of Bank PHB (now Keystone Bank Plc), Mr. Francis Atuche, and three officials of the bank for forgery charges.
They were arraigned before Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja on nine counts.
The two bank officials – Joachim Nnosiri and Uguru Onyike – are with Central Shared Services Centre; a subsidiary of Keystone Bank Limited.
The accused, who pleaded not guilty to all the nine counts, were accused of attempting to smuggle forged board resolutions of some companies into Keystone Bank’s record on March 2013.
This came even as Atuche’s trial at the Federal High Court, Lagos for alleged shares manipulation was stalled due to the fresh arraignment at the Lagos court.
Atuche also faces two other trials before Onigbanjo and another theft charges before Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja.
According to the anti-graft agency, the accused allegedly forged board resolutions were said to have emanated from Futureview Securities Limited, Tradjeck Limited and Extra Oil Limited.