Men of Special Fraud Unit of the Nigerian Police have arraigned an internal security officer of Skye Bank PLC, Prince Solomon Udoh before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court for stealing.
He is standing trial on a charge marked Q/62/16 on two counts of conspiracy and stealing contrary to Sections 409 and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Udoh of No. 8, Mabawonku Street, Oworosoki, Lagos, was arraigned on Wednesday before Miss O. A. Olagbende for stealing a customer’s N371,000.
Prosecuting Corporal Friday Mameh told the court that Udoh and his alleged accomplices, who are at large, committed the offence at 4:30pm on August 2, inside the banking hall of Skye Bank PLC, Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
He said the customer, Musa Dayyabu, forgot a black polythene bag containing his phone, diary and a cash sum of N371,000 on a customer’s chair in the bank.
Besides, he said Udoh found the bag and put it in his desk drawer but contrary to the bank’s protocol, failed to inform his supervisor of the find.
At about 6:09pm that evening, the customer and phoned the Business Services Manager (BSM) of the bank’s branch to enquire about his bag.
“The defendant denied seeing the bag and its contents and even joined the BSM and other officials of the bank in searching for it. He repeated his denial when the customer arrived later.
“But the customer insisted that it was in the banking hall that he forgot the cash, adding that the cash was in N50, N100, N200 and N500 notes,” Mameh added.
He said when the Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) recording for that evening was checked, it showed the defendant picking a black polythene bag from the same seat where the customer sat and forgot the bag.
“Confronted with the video, the defendant said the bag was his and contained his Golden Morn beverage and milk but the following day when more of his superiors questioned him, he changed his story to say the bag belonged to a customer but only contained a phone and diary,” Mameh alleged.
Responding to a question from Magistrate Olagbende, a security officer of the bank confirmed the allegation.
He said on September 1, the bank petitioned the Area ‘A’ Police Command, Lion Building, Obalende, Lagos, on the matter.
Udoh, who denied the charge, was granted N150,000 bail with two sureties in the like sum.
The mater has been adjourned till November 28 for mention.