- The Managing Director of Heritage Bank, Ifiesimama Sekibo was yesterday dragged before the Federal High Court in Lagos by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged ₦605m fraud.
The lawsuit (which is marked FHC/C/95C/18), also indicted two other entities- Greame Properties Ltd and Mr Kolapo Kola Daisi.
Details of the charge
The EFCC prosecutor Ekene Iheanacho alleged that Ifisesimama Sekibo illegally acquired the sum of ₦180m through Greame Properties Ltd, a company owned by him and which he had failed to declare; thereby contravening both section 7 sub-section 1 of Heritage Bank’s Employees’ Declaration of Assets code, and Act, Cap B1 of the Federal Government of Nigeria; 2004. As such, he is liable for punishment. This is the first count charge.
For the second count, Iheanacho further accused Sekibo of conniving with Greame Properties Ltd to “retain in the Diamond Bank Plc account number 0006129214 operated by Greame Properties Limited the sum of ₦180m received from the account of Vlamings Professionals Limited when you reasonably ought to know that the said money was direct proceeds of your unlawful activity, to wit: conspiracy and fraud.”
This, he said, contravened section 15 sub-section (d) of the Money Laundering Act 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012). As such, Sekibo and Greame Properties Ltd are liable to punishment.
The EFCC also accused Sekibo of acquiring ₦125,321,051.05 beyond his “legitimate income through the Diamond Bank Plc account of FIFC Development and Management Limited operated by you.”
The prosecutor also alleged that Sekibo conspired with Kolapo Kola Daisi “to transfer the sum of ₦300 million proceeds of an unlawful activity” from Heritage Bank account with Access Bank Plc into an account belonging to Hiltrans Global Investment Limited.
No date has yet been fixed for the arraignment. Neither Heritage Bank nor Ifiesimama Sekibo has issued a statement regarding the scandal.
Heritage Bank Plc was founded in 1989, and it is one of Nigeria’s leading commercial banks. It remains to be seen whether the scandal will in any way affect the bank’s operations .