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Three Former Access Bank Staff Arraigned By EFCC for stealing ₦16 Million Naira

On Tuesday, March 12, 2024, three former Access Bank employees and one other were charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s Enugu Zonal Command (EFCC) with stealing ₦15, 944,100 from the bank.


Ogbu Kingsley Ibekwem, Nwagbara Chidimma, Uwaezuoke Raymond, and Chidubem Angela Mgbeke, the suspects, were accused of stealing the stated sum before it was transferred to the bank’s bullion section and then to the Central Bank.


The Nottidge branch of the bank in Onitsha, Anambra State, turned over the suspects to the anti-graft agency, according to a statement released on Tuesday by EFCC spokesperson Dele Oyewale.


The accused were charged with four counts related to conspiracy and theft when they appeared before Justice Mohammed Garba Umar of the Federal High Court in Enugu State.

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One of the counts reads: “That you, Ogbu Kingsley Ibekwe and Chidubem Angela Mgbeke sometimes in January 2023 in Onitsha, Anambra State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit, retaining the sum of N7, 996, 800. 00 ( seven million, nine hundred and ninety-six thousand, eight hundred naira) meant for evacuation to the Central Bank of Nigeria and property of Access Bank Plc Nottidge Branch, Onitsha which you knew or ought to have known to be proceeds of an unlawful act and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 21 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2022 and punishable under Section 20 (b).”


When the charges were read to them, they entered a “not guilty” plea. Ahmad Yusuf Abdullahi, the EFCC’s attorney, requested that the court set a trial date and send the defendants to the Enugu State Correctional Facility in light of their pleas.


Following that, Justice Umar postponed the trial until May 22, 2024. The accused were placed under EFCC custody on remand until their bail application hearing.



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