WEMA Bank Manager Docked For Allegedly Bribing Police Officer

The police in Lagos has arraigned a Manager with WEMA Bank Plc, Ojo Oladipupo before Ikeja Magistrate’s Court for allegedly bribing of one its officer.

The police alleged that Oladipupo attempted to bribed the police officer as an inducement to pervert justice in an ongoing prosecution of WEMA Bank over N1.7bn alleged money laundering case.

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The bank manager who pleaded not guilty to the charges before Magistrate O. A. Layinka was however released on bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

The Police alleged that the bank manager came to Area G Command and offered the officer, ASP Jonathan Egwumi, the money so as to scuttle investigations over alleged shady deals involving WEMA Bank and the Director of Shibahwell Energy Limited, Adewole Isaac, to the tune of over N1.7bn suspected to be proceeds of illegal activities.

The police alleged that when the manager, Oladipupo, who might have thought that he would have his way, offered the money, he was immediately arrested and detained at the Command for his conduct and later charged before the Court.

After the defendant’s plea of not guilt, the prosecutor, Supol Lucky Ihiehie, asked the Court to give a date for hearing to enable the Police prove that the defendant actually committed the alleged offence.

The Presiding Magistrate, Mrs Layinka, after granting bail to the defendant adjourned the case till April 11, for mention when the matter may likely be joined with the sister matter before the Court, which warranted offering bribe to the Police officer.

19th April 2024
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