Bank customer bolted with woman’s N80,000 in banking hall


By Teniola Ibitola

A bank customer outsmarted a woman in the queue in the banking hall on the pretext of helping her to pay N80, 000 into her account and bolted with it, is facing trial at an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The accused, 45-year-old Olushola Adebayo, is arraigned on a two-count charge of obtaining money under false pretences and stealing.

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He, however, denied the charge.

But Police Prosecutor Hafsat Ajibode insisted that the accused committed the offences on Oct. 11 at about 1. 12 p.m. at UBA Oyingbo branch.

Ajibode alleged that the complainant, also a bank customer, seeing that the queue in the banking hall was long, gave the accused the sum of N80,000 to help her to deposit into her account.

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“When the accused received the money, he pretended to have paid in the money. But after observing that the complainant was not paying attention, he escaped through the back door with the money.”

The offences contravened Sections 285 and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011, according to the prosecution.

Ruling on the bail application of the accused, Magistrate K.A. Ariyo granted him a bail of N30,000 with two sureties in like sum.

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She adjourned the case to Nov. 14 for trial.

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