The Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos has sentenced a banker, Blessing Bassey, to seven years’ imprisonment for stealing N2.68 million from a bank.
Chief Magistrate F.M. Kayode-Alamu sentenced Ms Bassey following her change of plea from not guilty to guilty.
Ms Bassey, an employee of one of the old generation banks, stole the money from her employer from April 15 to April 20 at Iddo, Ebute Meta. She had pleaded not guilty to a count charge of stealing on arraignment on April 22, 2022.
The court granted her bail of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum, but she could not meet her bail condition and was remanded in Ikoyi Prison custody for months.
Bassey had pleaded not guilty to a count charge of stealing on arraignment on April 22.
The count granted her bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum, but she was unable to meet her bail condition.
Thus, she was remanded at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre for months. After several adjournments, she decided to change her plea.
The court, however, gave her an option to pay back the stolen fund within a year and serve four years in prison instead of seven years.