EFCC arraigns ex- Union Bank staff for N450m fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission , EFCC, on Monday arraigned one  Paul Onwughalu before Justice S.S. Ogunsanya of the Lagos High Court,  Ikeja on one count charge bordering on failure to conduct due diligence in financial transactions.

Onwughalu, a former employee of Union Bank, allegedly failed to conduct due diligence in a mega scam that rocked the bank in January, 2013 when some fraudsters hacked into its data base and pulled out hundreds of millions of naira.

The accused allegedly failed to conduct due diligence on Dan Kawu Bureau De Change’s account domiciled in Union Bank,  before confirming and authorizing the payment of N450 millionto the company.

Onwughalu was alleged to have failed to exercise due diligence in relation to conduct of financial transactions with one Dan Kawu Bureau De Change by confirming and authorizing payment of the sum of N450 million fraudulently transferred by hacking into Union Bank database (flexcube).

The sum was said to have been transferred   to Union Bank Plc account domiciled in Union Bank, Head Office Branch, Marina, Lagos and thereby facilitated the crediting and withdrawal of the said sum by one DanKawu Bureau De Change to various accounts in Eco Bank, Diamond Bank, Zenith Bank, United Bank for Africa and Dankawu Bureau De Change.”

When the charge was read, the defendant pleaded not guilty and based on the plea, the prosecution counsel,  Fadeke Giwa prayed the court to fix a date for trial and to remand the defendant in prison custody pending trial.

The defence counsel, O. Fagbemi informed the court that he had already filed an application for bail after which Justice Ogunsanya adjourned the case to February 28, 2014 for hearing on the bail application and ordered that the defendant be remanded in Kirikiri maximum prison.

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