Bank manager jailed one year for N200 million fraud

Skye Bank
Skye Bank

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday secured the conviction of Tajudeen Yusuf, a former branch manager of Skye Bank, Jos. He was arraigned before Justice Ambrose Alagwa of the Federal High Court, Jos.

The convict who was prosecuted on a five-count charge, following a complaint by his employers, allegedly defrauded Usman Tetengi, a customer of the bank, to the tune of N200 million when he issued him fake deposit certificate and diverted the money to personal use.

Count one of the charge read, “That you, Tajudeen Yusuf, ( former manager Skye Bank Jos) sometime between the years 2010 and 2013, in Jos, Plateau State within the jurisdiction of this court, did with intent to defraud obtain monies, the sum of N200,000,000:00 (Two hundred million Naira) from one Alhaji Usman Tetengi under a false pretence that the said sum was to be kept as fixed deposit in Skye Bank Jos, for profit and thereby Committed an offence contrary to Section 1 ( 1) and Punishable Under Section 1 ( 3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 2016”.

Count two reads, “That you, Tajudeen Yusuf (former manager, Skye Bank Jos) sometime in February, 2011 in Jos, Plateau State within the jurisdiction of this court, did make false documents to wit; Skye Bank Deposit Confirmation Advice, with intent that it be used and acted upon as genuine, thereby Committed an offence contrary to Section 465 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Punishable Under Section 467 of the same Act”.

In his judgment, Justice Alagwa discharged and acquitted the convict on counts one, four and five but found him guilty on counts two and three and sentenced him to six months imprisonment on each of the counts. He however gave him the option of N100,000 fine.


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  • Abdullah Musa

    N100,000 fine for 200 million naira fraud!
    Judge should have granted the convict custody of the amount as retirement benefits.

    • Kallah Bature

      I honestly want to get more details on this judgement. Going by what is reported here this country will definitely be laughed at. The balance of N199m will be left with the fraudster to enjoy?Amazing.

      • Abdullah Musa

        Really more questions than answers.

  • Frank Bassey

    Money for Pilgrimage.

  • emmanuel

    If the prosecuting team did a good job, the Judge should be put on trial by the NJC. Even if a bad prosecution was done, the bank can re-open the case by pressing a fresh charge and water tght case against him, whilst ehaded for appeal.