Two bank officials jailed for stealing from dead customer

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, has secured the conviction of two bank officials, Daniel Akpan Eno and Mbuk Idongesit.

They were arraigned before Justice Edem Ita Kufre of the Cross River State High Court in Calabar for theft of funds in the account of a deceased customer.

The duo was convicted after pleading guilty to separate one-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy and fraudulent transfers.

An alleged accomplice, Victor John Okon, pleaded “not guilty”. His trial was adjourned until August 10 for bail application.

The judge sentenced Akpan to three months imprisonment with an option of N50,000 fine.

Idongesit was sentenced to three months imprisonment with an option of N30,000 fine.

In May 23, 2019, Idongesit and Utibe George (currently at large) approached Akpan with the burial programme of Godwin Osso.

George claimed Osso was his stepfather and disclosed the plot to steal from the deceased’s account.Ak

The next day, George concluded the deal with the convicts and then contacted a Teller (Victor Okon) in another branch of the bank to ease access to the funds.

The conspirators agreed on a sharing formula and carried out the fraud.

The family petitioned the EFCC after noticing unauthorized withdrawals

EFCC investigation revealed that on June 19, 2019, Okon connived with George (at large) and received N1,500,000.

Akpan got N1,040,000, while Mbuk benefited N130,000.00.

The convicts will be remanded at a correctional facility until they pay their fines. Victor is currently in EFCC custody pending further hearing on his case.



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