Former Bank Employee Detained for Allegedly Defrauding Uncle of N14 Million


A 46-year-old former worker of Sterling Bank, Jacob Bonet, has been ordered to be remanded at a correctional facility by a Magistrates’ Court in Kafanchan, Kaduna State.

This comes in connection with allegations of defrauding his 86-year-old uncle of N14 million.

Bonet faces charges of theft, cheating, impersonation, and criminal misappropriation, as brought forward by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, violating sections 270, 307, 142, and 294 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law.

According to the prosecutor, Marcus Audu, the complainant, Aboshio Bonet, lodged the complaint on March 17 at the corps’ office in Kafanchan. The incident reportedly dates back to 2015 when Jacob Bonet, then working as a marketer at Sterling Bank in Kagoro, advised his uncle to open an account with the bank.

Mr. Audu stated, “The complainant opened the account based on the defendant’s advice.” He added, “The defendant then proceeded to make an ATM card with the complainant’s details without his consent and transferred the sum of N14 million from the complainant’s account into his own account using the ATM.”

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During the investigation, Bonet confessed to the crime. However, in court, he pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him.

The prosecutor urged the court to deny bail to the defendant, citing the emotional distress caused to the complainant whenever he encounters Bonet.

In his ruling, Magistrate Michael Bawa adjourned the case until May 29 to decide on the defendant’s bail and commence the hearing.

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