Banker steals N1.4million from customers

A Nigerian banker identified as John Alikalih, working in the Customer Service section of a commercial bank in Lagos has been accused of stealing the sum of N1.4 million from customers’ accounts.

The Lagos banker was reported to have obtained the said sum under false pretenses by withdrawing the money from bank customer’s accounts.

John Alikalih was yesterday arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court siting in Lagos.

Vanguard reports that the suspect, Alikalih, is on trial on a three-count charge bordering on fraud.

The prosecutor, Inspector Abbass Abayomi, also disclosed to the court that the defendant, a banker, committed the said crimes on January 19, at 1p.m, in Isheri Ojodu branch of the bank.

He was reported to have withdrawn the sum of N1.1 million from an account belonging to one Mrs Adesola Abayomi and further withdrew an additional sum of N334,052 from an account belonging to another customer identified as Mrs Benson.

The customers were reported to have lodged complaints with the bank leading to the investigation which was then trace to the banker.

The prosecutor during the case said: “The defendant willfully procured the registration of two ATM cards belonging to the two complainants, Adesola and Benson, and used the ATM cards to perpetrate the acts. The total amount, which the defendant fraudulently withdrew from the bank customers’ accounts was N1.4 million.”

The accused is punishable under Sections 326 and 327 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 but pled not guilty to the three-count charge.

He was subsequently granted bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The Magistrate further stated that the sureties must be gainfully employed, one of who must be a blood relation to the defendant.