By: Noble Treasure
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Enugu zone has arraigned Ecobank Nig. Ltd and its former Onitsha Branch Manager, Jossy Honnah, in court for stealing, altering, forgery and defrauding a customer, Chief Vincent Okparaku and his company, Vicyntel Nigeria Ltd , a cumulative sum of N50, 315, 780 (Fifty million, three hundred and fifteen thousand, seven hundred and eighty naira) between August 2013 to June 2016.
In a 20 count charges Suit N0: 0/11c/2021, preferred against Honnah and Ecobank prepared by Ajobiewe Rotimi Enitan of EFCC, Enugu Zone on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria as the complainant, Ecobank Nig. Ltd and Jossy Honah were accused of stealing various sums of money at different intervals from the account of Vicyntel Enterprises domiciled with the Bank.
“Statement of offence : Count one: Stealing contrary to section 342 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap 36, Anambra Sate and punishable under Section 353 (12) of the same Law. Ecobank Nig. Ltd and Jossy Honnah while being a staff of Ecobank Nig Ltd between the 14th of August , 2013 to the 19th of September, 2013,within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Anambra State, with fraudulent intent, did commit a felony to wit: stealing the aggregate sum of N1,038,000 (N1, O38,000 (One million , Thirty eight thousand naira )being property of Vicyntel Enterprises and thereby committed an offence .
“Statement of offence count two: Stealing contrary to Section 342 of the Criminal Code Law , Cap, 36, Anambra State and punishable under section 353(12) of the same law.
Particulars of Offence: Count 2: Ecobank Nig Ltd and Jossy Honah , whilst being a staff of Ecobank Nig. Ltd between the 10th of June, 2014 to the 22ND OF December , 2014 within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Anambra State ,with fraudulent intent , did commit a felony to wit, stealing the aggregate sum of N4,017, 300 (Four million , Seventeen Thousand , Three Hundred Naira) being property of Vicyntel Enterprises and thereby committed an offence among other charges.
EFCC in the charge sheet also listed 19 witnesses and 16 exhibits as proofs of overwhelming evidences against the duo.
During mention of the case, Ecobank and Honnah pleaded not guilty to the charges while the presiding judge, Justice. S, N. Odili of Onitsha High Court adjourned the matter to 15/9/21 and 16/9/21 for hearing.
The arraignment of Ecobank and its erstwhile Bank Manager, Jossy Honnah was sequel to a petition written by Chibueze Oguchienti, counsel to Chief Okparaku and Vicyntel Enterprises since 2016 where it detailed various fraudulent practices allegedly committed by Honnah as a Bank manager in the account of Vicyntel Enterprises, a major dealer in many communications networks in Nigeria domiciled with Ecobank.