EFCC arraigns 2 for impersonating bank directors




Two men, Chester Onyemaechi Ukandu and Achi George, were arraigned before a Federal High Court, Lagos, for allegedly claiming falsely to be directors of Mainstreet Bank Registrars Limited.
Prosecuting the duo, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, said they “held themselves out” as directors of Mainstreet Bank Registrars in a February 14 letter to the Manager of Skye Bank Plc, llupeju Branch.
According to the anti-graft agency, the letter was titled; Appointment of new signatories to the account of Mainstreet Bank Registrars Ltd.
The defendants were said to have allegedly addressed another letter on the same day to the Director-General of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Abuja, titled: Notification about the change in the board and of Mainstreet Bank Registrars Limited.
The prosecution said they signed the letter as directors of Mainstreet Bank Registrars despite not being duly appointed.
The alleged offence is contrary to Section 244(1) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, Cap. C20, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under Section 244(3).
The defendants pleaded not guilty.
The trial judge, Justice Rilwan Aikawa granted them bail to the tune of N20 million each, with one surety each in the like sum.
He further held that the sureties, must own landed property in Victoria Island, Ikoyi, Lekki Peninsula or Ikeja.
Also, the sureties must also present their certificates of occupancy to be verified and retained by the court’s Deputy Chief Registrar until the court decides otherwise.
The judge also held that the defendants should report to the EFCC office on the first Monday of every month until the case is decided.
He directed Ukandu and George to sign an undertaking not to delay the trial and ordered their remand in prison custody until they meet their bail conditions.
The matter was adjourned till December 12 for trial.

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