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Prison Officer Docked Over N3.9m Fraud

Onoja Osita Kingsley allegedly caused the fraudulent transfer of N132.9m from bank account of six customers to himself

A prison Officer Onoja Osita Kingsley has been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before Justice A.V. Agishir of the Federal High Court, Enugu on a three coun charge of stealing, possession of fraudulent document and forgery to the tune of N3,900,000.

The accused who is a Prison Assistant with the Nigeria Prison Service allegedly orchestrated the fraudulent transfer of N132, 900,000.00 from six customers accounts with a new generation bank.

The amount was allegedly transferred into the account of one Uchenna Eze, which Onoja had opened with forged documents at the Olu Obasanjo Road branch of Access Bank Plc, in Port Harcourt, River State.

He subsequently withdrew N140, 000, 00 from the account and was arrested on the 12th of January 2015 in Enugu, Enugu State where he had gone to withdraw the balance of the stolen money.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him and Justice Agishir adjourned the matter to October 28, 2015 for hearing of bail application while the suspect was remanded in EFCC custody.

 –     Xavier Ndanyongmong

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