Former banker jailed 1 year for criminal breach of trust, cheating

06A Wuse Zone 2 Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, sentenced a former banker, Iretiolu John, 31, to one year in prison on a two-count charge of criminal breach of trust and cheating.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Josephine Obanor, sentenced her to six months imprisonment for breach of trust with an option to pay N25,000 as fine.

She also sentenced her to another six months imprisonment for the offence of cheating or to pay an option of N20,000 as fine.

Obanor said that the sentences were to run concurrently.

“The court hereby, orders the convict to refund the sum of N66 million, 102,700 U.S. Dollars and 500 British Pounds to Chief Godwin Agbo, the nominal complainant.

“The court, however, acquits her of the charge of adultery, as the prosecution did not prove its case beyond reasonable doubts,’’ Obanor ruled.

Obanor said John was convicted based on her confessional statements which she swore to in an affidavit.

“In the statement, the convict admits to collecting money from the nominal complainant and not paying the money into his accounts,” she said.

The accused was first arraigned on April 24, 2012 for the offence of criminal breach of trust, cheating and adultery.

Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Mr David Abuo, informed the court that, between the 2008 and 2011, the convict solicited the patronage of Chief Agbo, to open bank accounts with Zenith Bank.

He said that during that period, the convict was working with the Zenith Bank, Wuse, Zone 3, Abuja.

Abuo informed the court that without the consent of Agbo, the convict conspired with other people now at-large and stole Agbo’s money in all the four accounts.

He said that the N66 million and 102,700 U.S. Dollars and 500 pounds were withdrawn from Agbo’s account numbers 20033521098, 5024522342, 5362820978 and 100212938.

The Defence Counsel, Mrs Chioma Iwu, had, in her submission, urged the court to be lenient to her client, considering the fact that she was a first time offender and had no previous criminal record.(NAN)

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