A former bank staff, Ebenezer Adeolu Alonge, his wife, Isakunle Olamide Oyinlola and his mother-in-law, Isakunle Eunice Moradeke, on Friday were convicted and sentenced to sixty years imprisonment by an Ekiti State High Court in Ado-Ekiti for conspiracy and stealing.
The convicts were arraigned in court by Ibadan Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 12-count charge,. including conspiracy and stealing.
In his ruling, the presiding judge, Justice Adekanye Ogunmoye, said the charges were contrary to section 390(9) of the Criminal Code Laws Cap 16 Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
Justice Ogunmoye further ruled that the prosecution team had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt, adding that the convicts had failed to extricate themselves from the ‘self-evidenced’ proofs before the court.
The judge found the convicts guilty on all the twelve count charges and sentenced them to sixty years imprisonment of five years on each count, which he said should run concurrently.
The judge also ordered Alonge to forfeit his house, which he said should be sold and the proceeds used to restitute the bank.
The prosecution team led by Abdulrasheed Lanre Suleiman had called two witnesses and tendered several exhibits to prove its case.
The convicts were arraigned in court by the EFCC, following a petition written to the agency about fraudulent activities of Ebenezer Adeolu Alonge, a cashier with a new generation bank.
The petition stated that an alleged complaint was received by the bank sometime in February 2018 about financial impropriety of the sum of N62, 400.00 in respect of a customer’s account.
According to the petitioner, on February 15, 2017, a customer lodged the said sum into her account but the transaction could not be traced in the customer’s account even after the customer presented a copy of the slip signed by Alonge.
The petitioner also revealed that in the course of an investigation, the said transaction was allegedly traced to Ebenezer Alonge’s wife’s account.
Further investigation, however, revealed that there was a turnover of over N21, 000,000.00 as a deposit from other customers in his wife’s account, according to the petitioner.
Also, the petitioner alleged that other sums were traced to his mother-in-law’s account, who was also a beneficiary of the fraudulent act.