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Ex-Banker jailed 10 years for stealing depositors’ money

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Judge Abiodun Adesodun of the Ekiti state superior court sentenced a former cashier of Fidelity bank, Ado’s subsidiary, Ado Ekiti, Michael Adedayo Ihinolurinjon and sentenced him to ten years in prison for stealing money from the bank vault and diverting deposits of customers. for personal use

Ihinolurinjon was convicted on Thursday 15 August 2019 of a complaint for two counts of theft in a criminal case brought against him by the Zonal Commission of the Commission for Economic and Financial Crimes, EFCC, Ibadan. The crime, according to the indictment, was contrary to Section 390 (g) of the Criminal Code Cap 16, Ekiti State Laws, 2012.

The bank had submitted a petition to the EFCC stating that, while he was still a staff member, Ihinolurinjon stole the sum of 8,891,000 (eight million, eight hundred and ninety-one thousand naira) from his vault and could not send a total of N7, 251,600 (Seven million, two hundred and fifty-one, six hundred Naira) collected by customers on the bank account.

“Our preliminary review showed that Michael fraudulently diverted the sums of N8,891,000 and N7,251,600.00 of the branch vault and customers’ cash respectively. The cash deposit of N7,251,600 received by Michael from various customers between 1/9/16 and 19/9/16 were neither posted to their respective accounts nor the cash accounted for,” the bank stated in its petitioned dated October 17, 2016.

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The bank also accused Ihinolurinjon of absconding from duty ‘upon sighting one of the customers whose cash he had fraudulently diverted’.

Following the petition, the Commission went into investigation after which the accused was originally charged with obtaining through false pretence in a one-count charge filed in 2017.
The charge was later amended to a two-count, bordering on stealing, upon which he was re-arraigned on June 24, 2019.

While prosecuting the case, the EFCC, through its lawyer, Abdulresheed Lanre Suleman, called nine witnesses and also tendered several exhibits.

After listening to arguments on both sides, Justice Adesodun found the defendant guilty as charged, and sentenced him to five years imprisonment on each of the two counts. The sentencing, he held, would run concurrently.

The court, however, gave the convict an option of fine of N100, 000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) on each of the counts. He was also ordered to pay a sum of Seven Million Naira as restitution to Fidelity Bank Plc, being the petitioner in the case.

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