By Boye Ajayi
A 35-year-old bartender, Godwin Job, is to spend the next eight years in jail for stealing the ATM card of his employer and withdrawing N1.79 million from his Fidelity Bank account.
Persecondnews reports that Job was convicted by Justice Bayo Taiwo of an Oyo State High Court for stealing.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal Office had prosecuted Job for defrauding his boss, Olufemi Joseph Odusanya.
Following an investigation into a petition from his estranged boss, the Commission arraigned Job on August 17, 2020 to answer for the criminal allegations against him.
The charges are: “Godwin Job (a.k.a Nifemi) “M’ sometime in August 2019 or there about, at Ibadan, within the jurisdiction of this court did steal an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Card, property of Olufemi Joseph Odusanya, and thereby committed an offence Punishable under Section 390 (9) Criminal Code, Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State 2000.”
“Godwin Job (a.k.a Nifemi) “M’ sometime in August 2019 or there about, at Ibadan, within the jurisdiction of this court did steal the sum of One million, Seventy Nine Thousand, Two Hundred and Ninety Naira (N1,079,290), the property of Olufemi Joseph Odusanya, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 390 (9) Criminal Code, Cap 38 Law of Oyo State 2000.”
The boss had accused Job of stealing his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card through which he withdrew cash and made Point of Sales (POS) transactions totaling N1,079,290.
In the course of investigation, the Commission discovered that Job made 14 transactions within two hours to evacuate the said amount from the victim’s account.
Though he pleaded not guilty, the judge held that the prosecution was able to convince the court beyond reasonable doubt that the accused indeed committed the unlawful act.
The judge said the accused was guilty as charged and sentenced him to four years in prison on each of the charges but said the sentences would run concurrently from the day of conviction.
He also ordered that Job should refund the money stolen to his employer.