Court Convicts Bartender for Theft
A 35-year-old bartender, Godwin Job, has been sentenced to eight years in prison for illegally withdrawing a sum of N1,079,290 (One million, Seventy-Nine Thousand, Two Hundred and Ninety Naira) from a Fidelity Bank account belonging to his boss, Olufemi Joseph Odusanya.
Job was convicted by Justice Bayo Taiwo of the Oyo State High Court in a two-count charge bordering on stealing, filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office.
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 boss had accused Job of stealing his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card through which he withdrew cash and made Point of Sales (POS) transactions totalling N1,079,290.
In the course of the 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 upon arraignment, the judge held that the prosecution was able to convince the court beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused indeed committed the unlawful act.
He then found him guilty as charged and sentenced him to four years in prison on each of the charges, which will run concurrently from the day of conviction.
The Judge also ordered that Job refunds the money stolen to his victim.