N874m Fraud: EFCC Presents 2nd Witness Against Four Fidelity Bank Staff, Other - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, March 2, 2022

N874m Fraud: EFCC Presents 2nd Witness Against Four Fidelity Bank Staff, Other

The Daily Crucible | Wednesday, March 2, 2022

The EFCC on Wednesday, presented its second prosecution witness, PW2, Peter Ige, an Information System Auditor with Fidelity Bank, in the ongoing trial of the quartet of Olusegun Babasola, Abisola Ahmed, Uchechukwu Uma and Jude Aphaeus.

The four staff of the bank are standing trial for an alleged N874m fraud before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.
The defendants alongside one Omidiji Joseph are facing a two-count charge for their various roles in the hacking of the bank's database and cloning of more than 22 ATM cards used to steal and divert to personal use about N874 million belonging to five corporate customers:  American International Insurance Company Limited (AIICO); Interswitch; OVH Energy Marketing Ltd.; Fidelity Bank Sinking Fund Account and FSL Securities Ltd. 
The fraud was allegedly perpetrated within three days.
They, however,  pleaded "not guilty" to the charges, prompting their full-blown trial.
During proceedings today, Ige narrated how his Department was called upon to investigate the "massive fraud."

Alleged $1.6bn Oil Fraud: Omokore Denies Buying Houses, Cars for Diezani, NNPC Bigwigs

Similarly, the money laundering and procurement fraud trial of  Olajide Omokore, Atlantic Energy Brass Development Ltd, Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Limited, Victor Briggs (former managing director, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company), NPDC, and Abiye Membere resumed yesterday before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja with the defendants opening their defence.

Led in evidence by lead defence counsel, R.A. Lawal-Rabana, the 1st defence witness, Olajide Omokore, who is also the1st defendant, told the court that the allegations that he purchased houses for a former minister of petroleum resources, Diezani-Alison-Madueke, and cars for officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and politicians were untrue. 

Asked specifically by Lawal-Raban, SAN, if the allegation that himself and the 2nd and 3rd defendants gave out a penthouse described as House 22 and 21 in Admiralty,  Ikoyi, and Belevista Estate in Ikoyi, was true, the witness replied thus: “My answer is simple. There was nothing like that.  I did not do anything like that.  There is no document to that effect. I did not give anything to Diezani as alleged. 

“There is nothing between me and the minister that was more than official. I did not conspire with anyone. I had a facility of about $100m Dollars in Florida. Even here, the generators I am using in my office, two of them, First Bank gave me as one of their best customers. So, how can anyone say that I defrauded the government For what?"

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