A female bank manager has been arraigned by the EFCC for allegedly stealing the sum of N8 million from her bank in Port Harcourt.
Okeoha, who is the Customer Service Manager in the branch, is said to have defrauded the bank of the sum in February of this year.
The charge by the anti-graft agency reads:
“That you, Mrs. Irene Okeoha, on or about 17th February, 2016 at Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, within the Port Harcourt Division of this Honorable Court, did fraudulently steal the sum of Eight Million Naira (N8, 000, 000. 00) only, property of Ecobank Plc and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code CAP 37 Vol. 11 Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria 1999.”
When the charge was read to Okeoha, she pleaded not guilty, prompting the prosecution counsel, Ben Ubi, to urge the court to fix a date for the commencement of trial and to remand the defendant in prison custody.
But her defence counsel, B. Igeongei, prayed the court to grant his client bail as the accused was already on administrative bail by the EFCC.
Justice Amadi duly granted Okeoha bail in the sum of N20 million and one surety in like sum, while ordering that she be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of her bail condition.
Justice Amadi therefore, adjourned the case to May 25, 2016 for trial.