By Emmanuel Udom
Justice T. B. Adegoke of the Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State has fixed November 30, 2020 for sentencing of Onus Osagie Amahian, a former staff of Access Bank.
He was also prosecuted on a 25-count charge bordering on forgery and making false entry into Delta State Government payroll by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and convicted on all counts.
Wilson Uwujaren, head, media & publicity for the agency said Amahian, a former IT officer of Access Bank was said to have between August and October 2011, fraudulently inserted names and account numbers of his family members and friends into the payroll schedule of Delta State government being handled by Access bank and subsequently paid monies into those Accounts. He was defrauding the bank of an aggregate sum of over N9million.
One the counts reads: “that you Onus Osagie Amahian between the month of August and October 2011 at Access Bank Asaba Branch within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did steal the sum of N9,344,013.23 only from Delta State Government payroll (NEFT/ DTSG/.TCO/ ACC ) in Access Bank PLC branch Asaba and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 390(6) of the Criminal Code Act CAp C38 of the Revised Edition ( Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007”
Another reads: “that you Onus Osagie Amahian on or about the 26th day of August, 2011 at Access Bank Branch Asaba within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did make false entry by purportedly transferring the sum of N450,942.57. out of Delta State government payroll ( NEFT / DTSG/ TCO/ ACC) in Access Bank Plc branch Asaba into access bank account number : 0009564039 operated by Osagie Blessing knowing same to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(2)(C) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17 of the Revised Edition (Law’s of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007 and punishable under Section 1(2) of the same Act”.
Upon arraignment the defendant pleaded guilty to the 25 count charge prompting the prosecution counsel, F.O. Dibang to ask the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.
He also prayed the court that the defendant makes restitution to the victim of the crime.
However, the defense counsel pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as her client had become remorseful for his action and has been in prison custody for sometime.
Justice Adegoke consequently convicted the defendant but deferred sentencing till November 30, 2020 .