A Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State, has sentenced Mr. Onus Amahian, a former Information Technology Manager at the Asaba branch of Access Bank Plc, to five years’ imprisonment for forgery and false entry.
The ex-manager was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on 25 counts bordering on forgery and making false entry into the Delta State Government payroll.
Amahian, who was an IT officer with the bank, between August and October 2011, fraudulently inserted the names and account numbers of his family members and friends into the payroll of the state government being handled by the bank.
According to the Anti-graft Agency, Amahian paid money into those accounts and withdrew the same, and in the process, defrauded the bank of the sum of N 9,344,019.23.
In a statement on Monday the EFCC, said Amahian, who was first arraigned in 2011 and pleaded not guilty to the charges, on November 19, 2020, changed his plea to guilty and the court convicted him and adjourned till Monday for sentencing.
Delivering his judgment, Justice T. B. Adegoke, who held that a substantial amount of the money was recovered from the convict during the investigation and he had been in the correctional facility since 2011 and shown remorse for his actions, sentenced Amahian to five years’ imprisonment on each count.
The Judge added that the sentence would run concurrently and commence from the date of arrest.
The charges read in part, “That you, Onus Osagie Amahian, between August and October 2011 at Access Bank branch, Asaba, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, did steal the sum of N9,344,013.23 only from the Delta State Government payroll (NEFT/DTSG/.TCO/ ACC) in Access Bank Plc, Asaba branch, thereby committing an offense punishable under Section 390(6) of the Criminal Act, Cap C38 of the Revised Edition, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2007.”