The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on November 11, 2015 arraigned one Mr. Peter Agha, before Justice F.A Olubanjo of the Federal High Court, Umuahia, Abia State on a two-count charge of fraud, forgery, stealing and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of four million naira (N4,000,000.00).
Agha, a banker with one of the new generation commercial banks was alleged to have forged the signature of one of the bank’s customers, closed the account and transferred N4m to his personal account in another financial institution without the customer’s consent. One of the counts read: “That you Peter Agha on or about January 2009, in Abia State, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria with intent to defraud obtained the sum of four million naira from Ogbonna Nicodemus Okolo through Access Bank Account when you falsely represented to him that the above amount will be invested in a Fixed Deposit Account with a commitment to pay him interest, which pretence you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1)(a) of Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act”. The accused person however pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him. In view of the accused person’s plea, the prosecuting counsel, Chukwuma Eneh applied for a trial date. The defense counsel, Harison O. Okakpuon, however, made an oral bail application for his client. The matter was adjourned to November 18, 2015 for hearing of bail application, and the accused person remanded in EFCC custody.