The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission yesterday obtained the conviction of one Adekunle Yakub Asuni over N7 million fraud.
Adekunle was sentenced to four years imprisonment without any option of fine by Justice I. B. Gafai of the Federal High Court Akwa Anambra State for attempting to transfer the sum of N7 million belonging to a customer of a new generation bank.
Asuani who was earlier arraigned on Monday April 11, 2016 on a four-count charge of attempted stealing contrary to section 8 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act. 2006, had pleaded not guilty to the charge leading to the trial.
According to investigations by operatives of the commission, officials of the bank stated that Adekunle gave his name as Abdullahi Adamu with funds transfer form requesting to transfer the said sum from account number 0046119649 Abdullahi Adamu to account number 0020220860 belonging to Salisu Abubakar all in the same bank.
Suspecting foul play, the branch manager asked the suspect to sign on the transfer form again, but he said that he couldn’t sign that his PA signs for him.
He was asked to call his PA, and he requested to make the call outside the bank premises. His intention was blown open when he was asked the last he withdrew money from the account but he could not provide an answer which led to his subsequent arrest and further investigation.