A convicted prisoner who from Kirikiri Prisons, defrauded a bank Manager of N12.3 million, was on Tuesday sentenced to 162 years in prison by an Ikeja High Court. .
The convict, Ikechukwu Ogbu, was sentenced for defrauding one Mr Patrick Edetchukwu while serving a 10-year sentence for an undisclosed crime at the Kirikiri Maximum Prison.
Ogbu was first arraigned on June 10, 2011. It was gathered that he defrauded Edechukwu between May and October 2009 while he was incarcerated at the Kirikiri Prison, under the pretence that he was detained at the Prison by the EFCC for allegedly bringing in foreign currency’ of $2.5million into the country. .
He told the complainant that he needed some money to clear himself from the anti-graft agency, promising Edetchukwu that the $2.5million in the custody of the EFCC will be deposited in his bank. .
Edetchukwu, a branch manager of the defunct BankPHB now Keystone Bank, wanting to meet his account deposit target at the bank, believed his tale and sourced for funds to give Ogbu to ‘sort himself out’ at the EFCC. .
Okunnu in her judgment, noted that prison officials aided the crime by allowing Ogbu open a bank account and wear regular clothes instead of prison uniform. She then sentenced the defendant to 18 years each on counts two to ten. .
Earlier, before the sentence was passed, his lawyer, Mr Olanrewaju Ajanaku, asked for a light sentence, saying that Ogbu was now a changed man. “I pray that the court should temper justice with mercy, the defendant has been in custody since 2009. .
His wife died in 2014, he has three children who are of tender age, his wings have been clipped ad he is now a changed man, “Ajankau said.