A manager of one of the branches of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) in Abuja, Lukman Bada, has been accused of defrauding a businessman in the city, Idris Mohammed, of the sum of N210 million.
Mohammed informed a Zuba Upper Area Court Abuja recently that the FCMB top employee duped him of the amount of money with the assistance of an accomplice, Idris Yusuf.
The police charged Bada of FCMB Bank Area 11 Abuja and Yusuf who does business at 112 T/G Shanu Farm Centre, Kano State with criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, cheating and forgery.
Testifying in court, Mohammed alleged that he sent N210 million through one Umar Abubakar, his business associate to Bada at FCMB Bank Area 11 branch, to transfer 500,000 Euros to his business partner in Europe.
He alleged that Bada never sent the money to his business partner in Europe.
Mohammed, who was cross-examined by the defendant’s counsel, Bala Dakum, told the court that the defendants refunded N50 million out of the 210 million he entrusted to them.
Testifying, Abubakar the complainant’s business associate, told the court that when he got to the bank, Bada told him that Yusuf had a domiciliary account in which the money can be transferred.
Abubakar told the court that Yusuf provided a Zenith bank account number 1014867991 of one Empire Gate Business solution LTD and the Naira equivalent of N210 million was transferred to the account.
“We waited for a telex copy to relate the confirmation of transfer, from Yusuf’s FCMB account, as indicated in the transfer form.
“Bada sent a copy of the telex to my associate and we later discovered that no transfer was transferred to our beneficiary.
“We discovered that the money was sent to a bank outside Nigeria; we brought this to the attention of Bada who assured us that there no problem,” Abubakar said.
Earlier, prosecution counsel, Francis Gabriel, told the court that sometime in December 2018 the defendants forged documents indicating that they made transfer of 500,000 euros to the complainant’s printer in Romania.
The prosecutor said during police investigation the defendants admitted committing the crime and N50 million was recovered from them.
He told the court that all efforts to recover the remaining balance of N162 million failed.
After hearing the testimonies, Judge Gambo Garba adjourned the case until July 2 for continuation of cross-examination.