EX- BANKER JAILED 18 YRS FOR FORGERY

Justice D.V. Agishi of Federal High Court, Enugu, yesterday sentenced a former Relationship Manager with a bank in Enugu, Onyekachi Nwosu, to 18 years imprisonment on a six-amended-count charge.

The charges border on forgery, altering and giving a loan with defective collateral brought against him by the Enugu Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Agishi, in her judgement, ruled that the prosecution team led by Mashal Umukoro Onome Esq., proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and that the convict had failed to extricate himself from the self-evidenced proofs before the court.

EFCC, in the course of trial, called eight witnesses and tendered several exhibits to prove its case.

The EFCC Acting Head, Media and Publicity, Tony Orilade, said the convict was found guilty on all the six-count charge and sentenced accordingly.

He said: “On counts one and two, he was sentenced to five; while he is to serve two years each on counts three, four, five and six. The cumulative 18 years prison terms will, however, run concurrently.

“Investigation by EFCC revealed several professional misconducts by Nwosu who took undue advantage of his position as a Senior Bank Supervisor and account officer to forge a document titled LETTER of SET-OFF which he used toillegally grant a loan of N34,900,000 to a customer and his company from several fixed deposits of other customers without their knowledge nor consent.”

Orilade said Nwosu was also discovered to have altered several account documents of his friend whom he illegally granted loan as to enhance his Visa application to United States

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