Justice Adekanye Ogunmoye of Ekiti State High Court, Ado Ekiti had on Friday found the trio of Ebenezer Alonge, Olamide Alonge and Eunice Moradeke Isakunle guilty of 12-count charge preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and sent each of them to 60 years imprisonment for conspiracy and theft of customer's deposit.

The Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren disclosed this in the statement he issued to newsmen on Friday.

According to Uwujaren, EFCC counsel in Ekiti State, Abdulrasheed Suleiman, explained to the court that a new generation bank in the state had petitioned the agency in February 2018 that one of their cashiers, Ebenezer Alonge, was involved in a criminal act.

Ebenezer Alonge, a former staff of a commercial bank was accused to have used his position as bank staff to illegally moved money from customer's account with the bank to the accounts of Olamide Alonge and Eunice Moradeke Isakunle who happen to be the wife and mother-in-law of the cashier respectively.

The former banker was arrested and charged before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission based on the petition from the new generation bank, which exposed his fraudulent act.

Investigation revealed that Alonge had diverted over twenty one million naira (N21,000,000.00) deposit from the account of a customer of the bank into his wife and mother-in-law’s bank accounts according to Suleiman.

According to the Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, the trio were convicted on 12 counts of conspiracy and stealing among others, which are contrary to Section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code Laws Cap 16 Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

Justice Ogunmoye found and pronounced the trio guilty of the 12-count charge instituted against them by EFCC because they could not prove their innocence in the case. Consequently, each of the accused was convicted and sentenced to five years in jail for each of the 12 counts.

In his pronouncement, the judge said that the terms would run concurrently, therefore, each of the convicts will spend only five years behind the bars. 

The house found in possession of Alonge is also to be forfeited in restitution to the bank.

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