The police have filed a six-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and fraud against two female employees of the United Bank for Africa (UBA), Tammy Adoki and Augustina Ezenwenkwe.
Also named in the charge before Justice Mohammed Idris are an oil company, Maters Energy Oil and Gas Limited, UBA, Uche Ogah, Deji Somoye, Felix Eribo, Onu Ogbonnaya, and Sheidu Olayinka.
The bank workers were accused of negligence and failing to apply its internal control procedures in the opening of an account in the name of one Mut-Hass Petroleum, which the police alleged was fraudulent.
The police said the bank allowed the account to be opened sometime in 2011 at one of its regional offices in Lagos in breach of the provisions of the Bank and other Financial Institutions Act 2004.
According to the police, the bank was liable to being punished under Section 7(3) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other related Offences Act 2006.
Its officials, Adoki (36) and Ezenwenkwe (39), said to be at large, were accused of “facilitating, contributing or otherwise being involved in the failure of your bank to exercise due diligence.”
The alleged offence, the police said, is punishable under Section 7(3)(b) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other related Offences Act 2006.
The defendants and some other persons still at large were accused of forging the signatures of one Mrs. Bridget Adeosun and Hassan Olatunji, with the intent that same might be acted upon as if they were genuine.
They were also accused of forging a document titled, “Ordinary Resolution of Mut-Hass Petroleum Limited,” which the police claimed was contrary to Section 465 of Criminal Code, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under Section 467 of the same law.
They were said to have committed the alleged offence in Ikeja GRA, Lagos sometime in August 2011.
Prosecuting counsel Mr. Henry Obiazi yesterday said his men were still making efforts to bring the suspects to court.
Justice Idris adjourned till June 2 for arraignment.