Polaris Bank Staff Forges Customer’s Cheque, Steals N22m From Account


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A staff of Polaris Bank, Babatunde Keshinro, has been arraigned by the EFCC in Lagos for allegedly forging a customer’s cheque and stealing N22.3 million from his account.

The anti-graft commission arraigned Keshinro before the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja on nine counts bordering on stealing, forgery and fraudulent accounting on Monday.

The prosecuting counsel, Bilkisu Buhari told the court how the accused forged a Polaris Bank cheque No. 47423262 dated August 16, 2018, in the sum of N 340,000 purportedly signed by one Alhaji Kola Oseni.

According to her, the accused as account manager of Oseni and his company, Baritos Nigeria Limited, made a debit entry of N10 million on December 14, 2016 purportedly on the instructions of the company in favour of Hillcrest Solicitors.

EFCC prosecutor said Keshinro’s actions contravened sections 287, 365, 337 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, No . 11, 2015.

However, the accused pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him, and moved for bail through his counsel, S. Ehizoge.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo granted the accused bail in the sum of N5 million with two sureties, one of whom must be a level-14 officer and the other a close relation, who must also provide proof of a ownership of landed property and evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government in the last three years.

The judge adjourned the matter till April 8, 2020, for trial.

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