Ex-Union Bank manager rightly convicted of fraud – Appeal Court

EFCC operative used to illustrate the story
EFCC operative used to illustrate the story

The Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal on Monday upheld the judgment of the Kano State High Court which convicted and sentenced a former bank manager, Samuel Owoleye, to 19 years imprisonment sometime in 2012.

Mr. Owoyele, a manager at the Union Bank Branch, Bank Road, Kano was prosecuted by the commission for offences bordering on obtaining by false pretence contrary to sections 1(1) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and section 371 of the Penal code law.
 
Upon his arraignment, the convict pleaded not guilty and the prosecution through its counsel A.T Habib presented ten witnesses and tendered numerous exhibits to prove its case.
 
On June 20, 2012, the Kano State High Court presided over by Justice Dije Aboki found the accused person guilty on the three-count charge that was preferred against him and convicted him accordingly.
 
The appellant was subsequently sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on count one, and seven years imprisonment on count 2 without option of fine.  However, on count three, he was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment with option of N300,000 fine. While the sentence in count one and two were to run concurrently, the appellant was to serve consecutive sentence in count three.
 
Trouble started for Mr. Owoyele when the commission received a petition from one Ashiru Gambo that the convict obtained the N27 million under the pretext that he had $185,000 (one hundred and eighty five thousand United States Dollars) to sell to him.

Being dissatisfied with the judgment of the trial court, the convict approached the Court of Appeal to set aside the judgment of the lower court.

In a judgment delivered by Justice Bdlya Ibrahim all the issues raised by the appellant were resolved against the appellant and in favour of the respondents. The appeal was dismissed for lack of merit.


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