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EFCC press release: Court jails ex-banker 115years for N8.9m scam

115 years for N8.9m fraud? Choi. Well, thankfully it will run
concurrently. See the EFCC press release below...
A Lagos High court sitting in Igbosere, presided over by Justice Adebisi Akinlade on Monday February 17, 2014 sentenced Jamiu Seun Odunayo (pictured
Below), a former banker, to One Hundred and Fifteen Years (115) imprisonment with no option of fine over an offense which borders on fraud, stealing, and
obtaining money by false pretense.

The convict was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on 39-count
amended charge for fraudulently obtaining money by false pretences, stealing and suppression of funds to
the tune of Eight Million Eight Hundred and Twenty Nine Thousand, Six Hundred and Fifty Naira, (N8,829,650) belonging to a customer and diverted it for personal use.
One of the counts reads: "Seun Jamiu Odunayo sometime on the 7th day of March 2011 in Lagos within the Ikeja
Judicial Division whilst being a staff of Skye Bank Plc stole N848,690.00 (Eight Hundred and Forty Eight Thousand, Six
Hundred and Ninety Naira) property of Skye Bank Plc".
The convict had earlier pleaded not guilty to the 39-count charge that was preferred against him but later changed
his plea following a plea bargain.
However Justice Akinlade, in her ruling on Monday, sentenced the defendant to one Hundred and Fifteen Years imprisonment, (115) - three years on each of the 39 -count charge. They are to run concurrently. The sentence is to
start from the date of his arrest.
The journey to prison began on May 19, 2011, when the commission received a petition from a bank, alleging that
one of its staff who was a Cash Pick up Officer to one of its customers, did not credit the customer's account. The
customer alerted the bank, when she discovered that the sum of Eight Million Eight Hundred and Twenty Nine
Thousand Six Hundred and Fifty Naira, N8, 829,650 was not credited into her account. The convict consequently
absconded from his duty post to evade arrest.
However, Odunayo in his statement stated that, he started stealing from the customer’s account in November 2010,
due to delay in payment of his salary. He started with N50, 000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) and later increased it till it
reached the sum of N848, 690.00.
The convicts confessed that he used part of the money for his wedding; built a 4-bedroom bungalow in Mowe, Ogun
state; bought a car, and used the rest for clubbing.
Wilson Uwujaren
Head, Media & Publicity
17th February, 2014

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