An accountant was, on Monday, arraigned before an Ebute-Metta Magistrate Court, for allegedly defrauding over 60 persons of about N15 million.The suspect, Bolaji Akanbi, was charged by the police on a 63-count charge of fraud and falsification of bank records.
Akanbi, an accountant with First Registrars, a subsidiary of First Bank Plc, was alleged to have fraudulently transferred the amount in question from the account of Multi-purpose Microfinance Bank to his personal account. He however pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
The prosecutor, Inspector Samuel Omoyeni, told the court that the offence was committed at the Orile-Iganmu branch of First Registrars, between 2010 and 2011. "We are looking at more than 60 people that Akanbi had defrauded and brought untold hardship on them by his actions. From investigations, the accused, who supposedly earns N50,000 monthly, owns two houses in Lagos and a fleet of cars," Omoyeni said.
In spite of Omoyeni’s prayers, Magistrate M. Olubi granted the accused bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties in like sum. Olubi ruled that one of the sureties should be a community leader with landed property in Lagos, while the other should be a civil servant on Grade Level 10 and above.
The magistrate adjourned the case till September 19, 2012, for trial.